Monthly Archives: January 2016

Don’t You Worry About A Thing

1Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

 

We tend to allow the cares of this world to weigh us down. We worry about things that haven’t happened as though they have already happened. But God tells us to take no thought for tomorrow. He tells us to cast all of our cares upon Him.

Jesus is our burden bearer. He is the strength which allows us to stand up against the trial of this world. He gave us a job to do, and instructions on how to get it done. He wants us to cast all our cares on Him, that we can just focus on telling a lost and dying world that Jesus saves. Carrying the weight, is what Jesus did for the people in His day who carried the heavy weight of all the additional laws the religious leaders had added. They also carried the guilt of not being able to obey everything .Jesus came to relieve the people of these ridiculous rules. Jesus spoke about having a close intimate relationship with the Father,with no secrets between them.Jesus wants us to know that He has a yoke that is easy and His burden is light. He tenderly gives an invitation that offers relief, rest, and joy for the weary. Jesus invites the weary to come to Him so they can experience rest for their souls. We all have responsibilities that drain us, and difficulties that wear us down.

 

Let us give it all to Jesus, after all He has overcome the world and the evil it represents. Let us cast our cares and concerns upon He who is able to keep us from falling, that we might stand and with a loud voice tell all we see that Jesus Christ is the way…

 

Are You Sure?

Luke 2:44 ” But they supposing Him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought Him among their kinfolk and acquaintance”.

Are you in the company of Jesus? Are you sure? Many believe they are but in fact He was left at the temple. We sometime have a tendency to think we can take Jesus everywhere we go, but the truth of the matter is you can’t just take Jesus anywhere, He won’t be a part of your mess or the work of the evil one. Jesus is holy and can’t dwell in ungodliness.

Here we see that the parents of Jesus was at the temple for worship, upon leaving they assume that Jesus was with them. They went a whole days journey before realizing that He wasn’t. First it is a dangerous thing to go a whole day without communing with Jesus. Without praying to Him, leaning on Him and calling out to Him. We must be careful not to be so wrapped up in personal affairs and worldly matter that we go all day without  fellow shipping with the Lord. When did you last speak with the Lord? Are you in His company or are you supposing that He is in your company. Have you left Jesus in the temple or are you in His company about His Fathers business sharing the good news of salvation with a dying world.

We who profess to be children of the Lord must know without a shadow of a doubt that we are in the company of the savior. We do this by being about the Fathers business and not being wrapped up in worldly matters and personal agendas. Let us not assume that Jesus is with us let us make sure we are with Him……………….

A Wedding In Cana

   Sunday School Lesson

 

Main Thought: This beginning of miracles did Jesus in cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his  glory; and His disciples believed on Him.

 

Introduction: Jesus was a worker of wonders. He worked miracles for several reasons. He wanted to prove who he was (Mark 2:10). He wanted to demonstrate that the kingdom had come (Matthew 12:28). He wanted to show compassion (Mark 8:2). He wanted to reward faith (Matthew 15:28). He wanted to fulfill prophecy (8:17). He wanted to display the works of God (John 9:3) and the glory of God (11:4). Jesus also wanted to give previews of coming attractions. He worked miracles to give us a glimpse of Heaven where there would be no more mourning, crying, or pain (Revelation 21:4). In his miracles Jesus pulled back the veil of eternity and let us look, albeit briefly, into a perfect world. Miracles were quick fixes, but they were part of his salvific work. Everyone Jesus healed got sick again. On another wedding day the wine perhaps ran short again.

 

Out Of Wine

John 2:1-5KJV

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

On the third day (there are several third-day stories in the Bible) a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Cana was not far from Nazareth. Perhaps Mary was related to the wedding couple. Mary, Jesus, and the disciples were all in attendance. Perhaps more people came than were expected. Perhaps the wedding celebration lasted longer than normal. Regardless of the circumstances, the wine ran out. In a shame/honor culture this was a social taboo. We may not know what Mary expected Jesus to do (since he had worked no miracles up to this point) when she said, “They have no more wine.” But the remark seems to be more than an indicative statement. Maybe she was saying, “Jesus, can you do something about this?” Some think Jesus was rude to his mother, but the tone of voice makes all the difference. Consider the direct address, “Woman.” Jesus’ concern is that the situation forces his hand to act miraculously before he was ready to do so. After all, his hour (a key term in John’s Gospel) has not yet come. Mary did not feel rebuffed since she said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” If Jesus fixed it, the wedding couple and their families would be grateful.

 

Instructions to the Servants

John 2:6-8KJV

 

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

Jesus saith unto them, 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.

 

This section of the text tells about the actual miracle of turning water into wine. This was no slight-of-hand magician’s trick. It was an honest-to-goodness miracle. Jesus used what was at hand—large empty water jars that were used for ceremonial (not hygienic) washing. The jars were of different sizes and thus the estimate of 20 to 30 gallons each. Jesus had the servants fill them to the brim with water. This ensured that no other substance was added. Evidently the water turned into wine in the jars. The servants took the water/wine to the master of ceremonies of the banquet. He tasted the wine and was overwhelmed with its quality. He remarked about the wine’s quality to the groom. But there is something bigger here. One way that the prophets predicted the time of the Messiah was with figures of speech dealing with an abundance of wine. The following texts indicate that when the Messiah comes wine would flow down the hills (vineyards) in abundance (Isaiah 25:6; 55:1; Jeremiah 31:12; Joel 2:24; 3:18; Amos 9:13-15; Zechariah 10:7).

 

The Miracle Revealed

John 2:9-12KJV

 

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.

12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.

 

Several of the biblical narratives have morally objectionable things in them for some of us. But if the emphasis is placed on the alcohol in this account, we have all but missed the point. Verse 11 is the high-water mark in the narrative. Jesus worked the first of his signs at this wedding in Cana. The New Testament vocabulary for miracles is this cluster of words: power, sign, wonder, and work. John’s Gospel uses sign and work. A sign is a miracle, but one that specifically points to something beyond itself. So it’s not about wine. The wine is a symbol that points to a greater spiritual reality, namely the Messiah. This sign became the means by which Jesus revealed his glory. Glory means God’s weighty presence and his shining brilliance. It is a key term in John’s Gospel (1:14; 12:28; 17:5; 21:19). The result of this was that the disciples believed in him. Believe is also a key term in John’s Gospel (20:30, 31). It never appears in the Gospel in its noun form. For John, believing was a verb, a response to the Messiah. After this first miracle, Jesus went down to Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee with his mother, his half brothers, and his disciples. They probably needed a few days to process what they had witnessed. Was the wine and the whole wedding feast a preview of something yet to come (Revelation 19:6-10)?

 

Who Is He To You

Hebrews 1:3 “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

Many song have been written celebrating the name of Jesus, from old hymns such as “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” to more recent songs such as “There Just Something About that Name.” The bible tells us that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”(Acts2:21NIV),and “There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

However, shockingly, the name of Jesus is often uttered today to express anger, disappointment, or astonishment  .People say His name in these ways not only publicly but also without shame. Just as swearing no longer seems to be much of a social offense, using Jesus’ name in vain has become commonplace for nonbelievers and believers alike. Now, you personally may never (or rarely) have used His name in vain, but have you ever been guilty of taking Him lightly? Taking Him for granted. That is, have you ever, in a sense,” forgotten ” that He is the Son of God, whom God has exalted to the highest place in His Kingdom? Every time you set out to do wrong, knowing that what you are doing goes against his word, will, and way, you are taking Him lightly.  Remember you are not just going to church, you are taking important time out to praise, thank, and learn more about the person to whom you owe everything you have in life to. Did you prepare to worship, or was it a last minute left over guilt felt from the parting and dancing the night before. Did it include Sunday school? Where you there early enough for morning devotion, did you bring someone with you? Do you take Christ lightly? Do you truly understand who he is and what it is he has done for us.  Do you realize that one day we will all have to stand before him.

 

We should feel genuine hurt when we go against his word ,will or way. We should be willing to lay down our life to live for him, for he so loved us that he endured the shame of the cross, that we might enjoy the glory of the crown. Jesus Christ, who is he and what is he to you?