October 24, 2021 SUMC 9am Worship Service

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Oct. 24, 2021

The Chosen: “The Wedding Gift”

John 2:1-11

1.  Introduction: Faith and Film

2.  The Wedding at Cana in Galilee (John 2:1-11):

     a.  The details…

          i.  Mary and her children are attending a wedding of a family friend (possibly a distant relative).

          ii.  Jesus brings the first six disciples he invited to follow him.

          iii.  Cana is a small town about 8 miles from Nazareth.

          iv.  Wedding celebrations would last up to seven days.

          v.  The wine ran out on the third day of the wedding celebration—a cultural embarrassment to the bride’s family.

               > What do you do when you run out of wine? Meaning those times when your life is going in one direction and suddenly everything changes for the worse.

     b.  Jesus and his first public miracle… 

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

     c.  Jesus always shows up where he is invited. 

…Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

          i.  In Scripture you find Jesus invited into places that have nothing to do with church. 

          ii.  Proximity to a church does not always determine a person's proximity to Jesus. 

For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:8

          iii.  However, a person’s proximity to Jesus should determine a person’s proximity to a community of Jesus followers.

     d.  Don’t overcomplicate your relationship with Jesus.

When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

          i.  Five words which clarify what it means to follow Jesus: Do whatever he tells you.

          ii.  When we overcomplicate our relationship with Jesus, we can lose the joy of your salvation.

               > However, when we begin to do the things, Jesus did, we become the person Jesus wants us to become.  (ie. David—Psalm 51)

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me…Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness…Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

     e.  Jesus changes lives where he’s included.

          i.  Jesus goes where he is invited, but he changes lives where he is included.

               > Ironically, Jesus had been invited to the wedding, but he had not been included.

Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding…His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” …Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.

          ii.  Jesus shows up where he is invited, but he does miracles where he's included. 

3.  Conclusion:

          i.  Unfortunately, in the American Church today we discover that many people are saved but they don’t see the power of God at work in their lives. 

          ii.  Have you invited him or included him in the practice of your faith? 

You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. (John 14:14)

          iii.  You don’t have to get ready if you stay ready. (Case Keenum)