THE 89 DAY GOSPEL CHALLENGE
DAY SEVENTY JOHN TWO
“Whatever He says to you, do it.” This was more than a mother’s order. It was extreme wisdom. She knew her Son was special. She knew He was God’s Son. Her knowledge was not complete, but she knew enough to know He could take care of the problem.
Obedience is essential to spiritual success. Samuel told King Saul, “To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams”
(I Samuel 15:22). It was disobedience that got Adam and Eve in trouble in the garden. God said, “Do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you do, you will die.” The instructions were simple. But they chose disobedience over obedience and all mankind suffered for it (Roman 5:19).
The Pharisees and the priests tried to bully Peter and John. They attempted to intimidate them with threats. “You are never to speak again in the name of Jesus.” Peter threw their threats back in their face and said, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). He remembered that Jesus said not to fear the one who could only destroy your body. Peter learned that lesson well.
Pray and seek God’s will. Take your problems to Him for the answer. Listen to the Holy Spirit and “whatever He tells you to do, do it.”
1. The Wedding Feast in Cana (v. 1-12)
“On the third day” probably means three days after the meeting with Nathanael and Philip. Jesus and his disciples (Peter, Andrew, Philip and Nathanael) were invited to attend a wedding feast in Cana. Cana was a small village about seven miles north of Nazareth. By the time they arrived the celebration had been going on for a few days.
Mary, the mother of Jesus was there. It is probable that this was the wedding of a family relation. This would explain Mary’s knowledge of and concern over the dilemma of bridal couple.
Weddings were a time of celebration for the entire village. We don’t know the population of Cana but it was a small town and like all small towns, everyone knew everybody. To run out of wine at such a celebration would be a terrible embarrassment for the family. It showed lack of planning or possibly, lack of financial means. This was not a good way for the new couple to get started in the community.
Mary goes to her Son and informs Him of the problem. “They have no wine.” Jesus’ response revealed that He had a very human relationship with His mother. “What does their problem have to do with me?” Mary does not debate the issue. She turned to the servants and told them “Whatever He says to you, do it.” She knew what her Son would do. He listened to Mom and He had compassion on the bride and her family.
Jesus told the servants to fill the six water pots, to the brim. The pots were there, not as wine containers, but for water for the ritual handwashing the Pharisees were so concerned about. The pots contained about thirty gallons each. Jesus would make certain they would not run out of wine again.
Jesus told the servants to draw some from the pot and take it to the governor of the feast. The governor was the “master of ceremonies” for the occasion. He made sure everything ran smoothly. He might have been a family member and possibly was aware of the lack of wine. His reaction to the wine was amazing. It was the custom of the time to serve the best wine first. Wine kills the palate. So, they could bring in the cheaper wine later and the guests would not know the difference.
As soon as he drank Jesus’ wine His taste buds tingled. The governor said, “This is unusual. You have saved the best wine for last!” Jesus had made a special drink. It was the best they ever had. It is my opinion, and just my opinion, that Jesus gave them a taste of a celestial drink. Did it have alcoholic content? Probably, but not as intoxicating as today’s wines. The custom was to “water down” the wine to make it go further.
Jesus changed the elements. He turned water into wine. This was the beginning of His miracles. It validated the opinion of the disciples who followed Him. He was Messiah, the Son of God.
2. The Cleansing of the Temple (v. 13-22)
There were two times in the public life of Jesus that He ran the moneychangers out of the Temple. This was the first time. It was the first Passover He observed after His baptism and the initiation of His ministry. The peddlers of religious goods had made a mockery of God’s house, that was believed by the Jews to be God’s dwelling on earth among His people. The Temple was to be a house of prayer. They made it a business for profit. Jesus drove the profiteers from the Temple.
The Jews asked Him by what authority He did this. “Show us a sign.” They demanded. He responded, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again I three days.”
They scoffed, “It took forty-six years to build this temple and you’re going to tear it down and rebuild it in three days?” But they were not on the same page. Jesus spoke of His body. This was the first time He spoke of His death and resurrection.
3. Jesus Knows (v. 23-25)
While Jesus was in Jerusalem for the Passover, He did many signs and miracles. Though we are not specifically told what they were, it was enough to convince many to believe in Him. But Jesus did not align Himself with these people. Perhaps it was because they believed the miracles but not in Him.
The final statement in the chapter is very telling. “He knew what was in man.” He knew what man was capable of. Perhaps He thought of the words of Jeremiah who said, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:9,10).
Jesus knows us for who we are. He looks beyond our masks and sees our hearts. Be real! He knows!
Be safe! Stay warm! Rejoice in Jesus!
Love to all!