“Fine Wine From Paso Robles?”

Posted: April 9, 2015 in Gospel of John, Resurrection, Salvation, Security

Recently we read an account of a restaurant owner who spent $31,000 for a rare bottle of wine at an auction held in San Francisco back in 1980. He was determined to get the “finest bottle of wine in the world.”

“But the world’s finest wine was not made in the vineyards of France [or in Paso Robles], nor was it served in the finest international restaurants. It was made and served at an unpretentious wedding in Cana of Galilee – two thousand years ago. And that wine is valued to this day, not for its rarity, but for what it reveals about its maker…Jesus Christ.” – C. R. Swindoll

Purpose. The Apostle John had a clear purpose in mind when he wrote his Gospel. “…but these [sign miracles were] written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31). He used the word “believe” about 100 times to tell us how to receive God’s gift of eternal life as a present possession (John 3:16).

Miracle. The first sign miracle Jesus performed happened at a wedding that He, His mother, and a few of His disciples attended (John 2:1-12). In those days the wedding feast lasted for several days as they celebrated with food and wine. But when the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother, Mary came to inform Him about the problem. We aren’t sure what she expected Him to do, but He responded to her by saying, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come” (John 2:4).

Respectful. He doesn’t seem to be showing any disrespect for His mother (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1; Deuteronomy 21:18-21), but it appears that He was trying to convey to her that He was no longer to be treated as her little boy. He now was getting His orders from His heavenly Father (Hebrews 10:7, 9). By the way, Mary is not another mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5; See Hebrews 9:15).

My Hour. What did Jesus mean when He said, “My hour has not yet come” (John 2:4)? We believe that this refers to “The period of time (beginning in Gethsemane and lasting up to His physical death) when Christ delivered Himself voluntarily into the hands of sinners, subjecting Himself under their authority, for them to do with Him whatever they pleased, up to the point of death.” – Richard Steeg. Up until that time no one could harm Him or take His life from Him (John 10:18). In like manner, no one can harm a Christian without God’s permission (1 Corinthians 10:13; Hebrews 1:14). Nothing can separate a Christian from God’s love (Romans 8:35-39).

Water Into Wine. Without a lot of fanfare, (unlike the religious racketeers of today), Jesus instructed the servants to fill up the six stone water jars that were used for purification (John 2:6). This amounted to about 150 gallons. Then He instructed them to take some of it to the master of the feast. Upon tasting it he said, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now” (John 2:10)!

Lessons. To validate Himself and His message, Jesus performed 35 miracles that are recorded for us in the four Gospels. The Apostle John recorded seven sign miracles. We understand a miracle to be the circumvention of the normal laws of nature. God, who is all powerful (Revelation 1:8) and who made the laws, can change them whenever He wants to do so. By changing water into wine, Jesus demonstrated His creative power (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17). Earlier in John’s Gospel He had displayed His omniscience (John 1:50, 51; 2:24, 25). He blessed the marriage with His presence and displayed His goodness by meeting a special need that they had. He has other Divine attributes too. Do you know what they are?

Satan. God allowed Satan and his agents to perform miracles in the past (Exodus 7:11, 22). He also permits the devil and his demons to use false prophets and teachers today to perform miracles (2 Corinthians 11:13-15) and he will do so in the future as well to deceive people (Matthew 7:21-23; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 13). Are you being deceived by them? Today they are to be tested by the written Word of God (1 John 4:1).

Weddings. Christian weddings between a growing Christian man and a growing Christian woman can create an opportunity for families to glorify God and witness to their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The relationship between a husband and his wife should exemplify the relationship that Christ has with His Body, the Church (Ephesians 5:32).

Questions. Is the Lord Jesus Christ your personal Savior? Do you believe that He died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? Are you trusting in Him alone to save you, or are you trying to add your good works for an added measure of security? Salvation is not based on our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).  Do you have assurance of your salvation? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that might cause you to lose your salvation once you’ve received it?

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Note! “God is not responsible for what man does with what He creates.” H.L.S. Drunkenness is a work of the flesh and a sin. Galatians 5:21; See Ephesians 5:18.  Believers who walk by means of the Holy Spirit will not fulfill the lusts (strong desires) that come from their sin nature (flesh).  Galatians 5:16, 25.  “If we [as Christians] say that we have no sin [nature], we deceive ourselves, and the truth [regarding the sin nature] is not in us” (1 John 1:8).  Beware of those who teach this.*

*  http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/1natjm00.htm

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