March 12, 2019

 

Transformed
Stephen Heleman

Look At The Signs

John 20:30-31
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book, 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

The gospel of John is different from the other gospels because it does not tell the full story of Jesus. Instead, John wants us to know two things: 1) Jesus is the Christ - God in Flesh; and, 2) you can have life if you believe in Him. One of the ways John does this is by focusing on seven miracles that Jesus performed. They are signs that point to who Jesus is, and the life we can have through Him. 

Water To Wine

John 2:1-11
1 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." 4 And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come." 5 His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." 6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast." So they took it. 9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now." 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. 

This story reveals that we have a savior who...

  • Cares about every part of our life. There is nothing too big or too small for Jesus. Making sure there was wine at the wedding could have been seen as unimportant, but He cares for us, even when it may seem a minor detail in the grand scheme of life.
  • Always produces a better result. The wine that Jesus made was superior to the wine that was initially served. But, they had to run out of their own wine before they could have Jesus's. When we are empty, only then can Jesus fill us. Too many times we miss out on God's best because we won't let go of something else. 
  • Loves to transform. This particular miracle shows Jesus's power over creation. He took one thing and made it into something completely different. He wants to do that for us. Jesus isn't trying to make you into a better you; He wants to transform you into someone completely different.

We must have faith like Mary did in this passage; she simply told the servants to do whatever Jesus told them to do. She completely trusted that whatever Jesus did, it was going to be best. We need to let go of who we used to be, who we think we need to be, or who others think we should be so we can embrace who Jesus created us to be. What are you holding on to that is keeping you from God's best?

Has Jesus Transformed Your Life?

Guided Scripture Reading

Join us this week as we read John, chapters 1 - 3.
As you read, think on the words of Paul to Timothy.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for corrections, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 

Use the following questions to help you consider how you can apply today's reading to your life.

  • What is God teaching me in today's reading? What is good?
  • What is God reproofing (warning) in today's reading? What is not good?
  • Based upon these, what beliefs or behaviors must I correct?
  • What training will I do this week in obedience to this correction? What does God want me to do differently?

 

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