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MASTER OF JOY - John 2:1-11

February 19, 2017

 

Jesus reveals to us the unseen God known, he has made him known. And through this wedding event in John 2:1-11, Jesus wonderfully portrays God as one who restores, creates, his kindness, gracious, generous, to rejoice in. Trust and follow. Living life in Christ through the Holy Spirit

 

True life is in him.

Why Jesus?

What is this life?

 

The purpose of writing is found in John 20:30–31

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 

It is also found in John 2:11. The first sign- this event of turning water into wine was performed by Jesus and selected and recorded by John so that we might believe that Jesus is the Messiah and have life in him. 

 

Master of intervening in life

Jesus IS at a wedding- We’re simply told ‘the wine has run out'.

There is no reason given; Bad planning; more guest than expected; drank more than expected.

               

There is no description of what effect this had on the wedding celebration. Just wedding and wine has gone! John’s readers- Oh dear- how embarrassing, that is not good for the bridegroom.

 

Jewish wedding in those days lasting 3-7 days – bridegroom responsibility to make sure its just right. Shameful and embarrassing for the bridegroom.

 

We have a crisis. Inference – the master of the feast- can fix this. Mary who has some level of concern (family wedding) doesn’t turn to the master of the banquet- but to Jesus. “They have no more wine” meaning, can you please do something about this.

 

But Jesus appears reluctant to get involved.   Woman, why do you involve me? “Or “What do you and I have in common regarding this matter?

 

Jesus is the Lord, Son of God- sent from heaven- distancing himself from his mother with respect to what he is on planet earth for. His agenda comes from God. “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.” Jesus beats to a different drum. Here simply states “My hour has not yet come” What?? We’ll get to later. His father, God of heaven, who sent him, He calls the shots, not his mother Mary. On different wavelength as far what he does and when. His work, his action is On his terms, or his Father’s terms.

 

It may well be that Mary grasps that- instead of saying to Jesus “do as I tell you,” she says to the servants “Do whatever he tells you.” What a great instruction. Mary is very much leaving it in Jesus’ hands. Jesus- do whatever seems best to you. He proves to be the Master of intervening in life-

 

Why Jesus? He intervenes with abundance, great generosity for the wedding couple and guests

Provides vast quantity of wine -probably somewhere between 500-750 Litres of water into wine.  That is lot of wine- abundant wine for the remainder of the wedding. That’s God for you. Generous.

 

And it is wine of the finest quality. Jesus is never stingy, or budget!! He does not just produce an average plonk – saved embarrassment- serve the budget wine at the end anyway. Jesus is about creating the best. Master of quality- the very best.

 

He proves to be the Master of intervening in life. I’m not sure Mary anticipated quite that result. But she handed the crisis over to Jesus. How we should approach situations we face- have boldness to ask- even small things. Some might say running out of wine not exactly life and death, embarrassing yes, but no one is sick or blind or lame as we see in other miracles. But we can go to Jesus, should ask of Jesus- even small things. But leave it with him- Lord Jesus you’re the master. his way, his timing, his outcome. His wisdom is far greater. He created the universe, he can creates wine from water, he can transform your life…Hand over to him aspirations, dreams, concerns and crises.

but as Mary found out…, intervene in his way, according to his values and character. On his terms.

 

Master of Grace.

Who gets the credit?  Master of the feast calls the bridegroom, the very one who will be otherwise highly embarrassed, and says to him “you have saved the best till now.” He didn’t do anything!!

 

But that is the gospel. That is the good news. Those who stuff up gain from Jesus intervention, saving action. Life in Christ. We benefit, we are blessed, abundantly and with the very best that can exist – eternal life- and we could not achieve it for ourselves, from what Jesus achieves on our behalf. Jesus who is rich became poor that we who are poor might become rich. He who knew no sin became sin that we might become the righteousness of God.  There is abundant overflowing grace for the person who thinks they are too bad for God to forgive them. The death of the Son of God, that this story points to, has infinite value…there is a vast supply.

We who are running on empty of true life, are filled to the brim overflowing with peace and joy.

 

Master of joy – the Messiah

John calls miracles of Jesus ‘signs’- sign it is pointing beyond the miracle. Jesus just didn’t go around zapping as he went about to show off his power like some over eager super hero. His miracles point to greater significance- they point to his work as Saviour and Lord and Messiah bringing in the new creation that is God’s kingdom of peace, joy and righteousness

 

Joy through sorrow. Mary said they have no more wine. Jesus replies “My hour has not yet come!!” This is repeated again and again. His hour, Not yet come, not yet come. Then, Now the hour has come. The hour…the glory of his death on the cross and his resurrection on the third day.

 

This sign points to the hour of sorrow and glory at the cross; and new life and glory of the resurrection- the climax of the whole story- the Master of joy- bringing joy to the world, through his sorrow. Joy- present and future.

 

Present Joy- Joy of sins taken away. Jesus used water from jars for ceremonial washing- outward ritual purity, but his death provides true cleansing thus rescuing sinners from their guilt and shame. And therein lays the joy. Knowing that you have been washed clean.

 

Listen Psalm 51: and listen for close association between being washed clean and joy and gladness.

V2 wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin

V7 purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean, wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow

V8 Let me hear joy and gladness, let the bones you have broken rejoice.

V10 Create in me a clean heart O God V12 Restore to me the joy of my salvation.

Washed, clean from sin and guilt- because of Jesus hour of glory at the cross

Future joy- joy of being in the kingdom of God.

 

Jesus -bringing joy, just as he brought joy of celebration in providing the best wine out.

 

Isa 25:6-9 fulfilled in Jesus- the master of wine, the master of joy, master in making things new. Master over death- because of his hour in defeating death, grief, despair in his death on the cross and the resurrection on the third day.

 

Joy of his seeing his glory.  Disciples saw his glory of his authority of creation, power to transform, his kindness and grace.

 

Holy Spirit – opening our eyes to the glory of Jesus- brings joy. Fruit of the Spirit in joy.

 

Disciples saw his glory and believed.

Many saw the signs of Jesus and “though he had done many signs before them, they still did not believe in him.”

Please do not think that if only my friend or my family would see a miracle then they would believe. Many saw great miracles, but their hearts were hardened. We need to be made new… created new. As we’ll see in chp 3- born again.

 

But anyone who will come to Jesus. Who will surrender to him.

 

Maybe your tempted or serious thinking of walking away from Jesus- coming to church still, haven’t quite thrown in the towel, this book is telling us there is no one else to turn to, no one else who can transform like Jesus, no one who turns crisis into joy, no one else so generous and kind and gracious. Sure its on his terms, his way, his timing- but then he is God- and were’ not. Can we hand it over to him.

 

Maybe joy has gone. Celebration was going sour pretty quick once word got around. Wine flasks are empty. The joy has gone. What do we rejoice in? Rejoice in Jesus. “Rejoice in the Lord, and again is say rejoice.” Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy. Peter was there.

I’m not feeling the joy!! Who are you believing in? What are you believing in him for? Jesus didn’t fix every wedding that wrong, just as didn’t heal every person , or raise from the dead every 12 yr olf girl or men like Lazarus. They are pointers to the greater miracle that for everyone. To be clean, clean heart.

 

Jesus was there in the beginning creating the world, the universe. But it went bad. Jesus has come into the world to bring joy through creating things new.

Creating wine from water, bringing joy to a wedding celebration.

Creating clean hearts in sinners, who come to him broken and contrite, acknowledge they are running on empty and who will receive Him. He is creating joy in lives of people who know their sin, their guilt before God is washed away. Life is  hard, struggle, but living life in Christ – I’m blessed with so much. Belonging to Christ he is my joy- rejoicing with a joy inexpressible.     

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