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Gospel of John, Part 2
September 15, 2013      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons

Turning water into wine is Jesus' first sign and is a definition of the life Jesus provides freely.

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John 1:4

In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

John 20:30-31

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.

Three Main Words in John

1) Signs

2) Believe (98 times)

3) Life

Seven Specific Signs:

1) The Turning of the Water into Wine

2) The Healing of the Nobleman's Son

3) The Raising of the Impotent Man at the Pool of Bethesda

4) The Feeding of the Five Thousand

5) The Walking on the Water

6) The Giving of Sight to the Man born blind

7) The Raising of Lazarus from the Dead

Sign #1:

John 2:1-11

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.

Two Key Phrases

"The Wine ran out or failed"

"Kept the good wine until now"

The sign shows us that Jesus’ life, which is received by believing, dynamically succeeds where our life has failed.

Victory is the keynote of this new life that Jesus brings.

The victorious Christian life is lived by:

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Romans 5:17

For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

Warning to the believer:

Galatians 3:1-5

O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—

Your wine has failed. His never does.

The best wine is kept for now...after you have run out.

Beloved, you have access to a dynamic, living, righteous, victorious, and eternal life in Christ which can be received and experienced right now by faith.

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