What Jesus’ Winemaking Tells Us About God, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #18)

Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As the hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 18.

John 2:1-11:

1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.

9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

Charles Swindoll said, “Jesus didn’t come to earth to establish a new religion. He came to restore a broken relationship. He came to make the primary, primary again. The secondary activity of obedience to the law of God was always intended to serve the primary activity: to love God and enjoy Him forever. When that is primary, the secondary becomes a labor of love, a joyful, and ‘easy’ burden to bear.”

There are three final points that we would do well to consider that several theologians have pointed out from this story of Jesus turning water into wine.

First, the changing of the water into wine was an indictment against the Jewish religious system. Verse 6 reads, “There were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.” These waterpots, which held nearly 9 gallons of water each, were used in the purification rituals of the Jews before and after meals. They would wash their hands with water poured into these pots. As the Bible Knowledge Commentary points out, because of the purpose for which the waterpots were set aside, no devout Jew would ever consider drinking water and much less wine from them or using them to store wine.

However, Jesus had no such reservations. He knew that this rule and many of the other “rules” enforced by first-century Jewish religious leaders were simply traditions that upheld the letter of the law but not its spirit. Jesus never encouraged people to abide by these “traditions of the elders.” In fact, He defended His disciples against the accusations of the Jews when they did things that seemingly broke the law, such as plucking corn on the Sabbath to eat because they were hungry or not washing their hands before and after meals. Jesus knew that all of those “rules” were just religious pretense. Keeping these rules made people feel better about their standing with God. But, God is not interested in us keeping rules and regulations if our hearts are not right with Him.

Second, some theologians believe the changing of water into wine was a symbol of how God was changing the way He dealt with the human race. “Jesus saith unto the servants, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.” Some scholars believe the water represented the old covenant; the wine represented the new covenant. John baptized by water, but Jesus baptized by the Holy Spirit. Jesus came to change the way man related to God. Matthew Henry said Jesus’ giving of the wine to the wedding guest shows that ‘the gifts of God’s bounty to us come directly from the mediation of Christ.’ Essentially, God was cutting out the middle man; from now on, every person could come directly to God through Jesus Christ.

Third, the changing of the water into wine showed how the new covenant is superior to the old one. Verse 10 tells us that when the governor of the feast tasted the wine, he said to the bridegroom, “Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.” David Guzik said, “We could say that the water is like a relationship with God under the Old Covenant, and the wine is like a relationship with God under the New Covenant. The wine was better than the water; and the New Covenant is better than the Old Covenant.” Essentially, God gave the world something better than the law when He gave us Jesus Christ.

Today, God calls all of us to join Him in this new, better covenant that Jesus Christ made available to us through His death, burial, and resurrection. We no longer have to cling to religious rituals in order to feel secure in our relationship with God. Jesus’ death on the cross secured that relationship for us once and for all. If you would like to place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, may the Lord bless you.

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