Jesus can make the Difference:
(Read John 2:1-12)
The miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding at Cana in Galilee was the first of the seven miracles that John chose to record. The miraculous are signs to answer the question, "Who Jesus is"? We learn in this miracle that Jesus has power over the material universe. He is the source of all blessings (James 1:17). Jesus and his disciples were invited to this wedding. The mother of Jesus was there. During the celebration the wine ran out. Wine was a normal drink at that time. It was a public humiliation in a wedding. Mary spoke to Jesus about this problem. She knew that Jesus could do something about it. Jesus replied "Woman my hour has not yet come"(2:4). He was not showing any disrespect to Mary by addressing her, "Woman". Mary told the servants “Do whatever He tells you to do”. Jesus did all things according to heavenly timetable (17:1). Jesus asked the servants to fill the six stone water jars with water. These were used for the Jewish purification. Each jar could hold about 30 gallons of water. Jesus transformed the water into wine. When tasted, the governor of wedding found it very good. They understood that Jesus has power over the material universe. Only Jesus could bring joy and satisfaction in life. There are some 36-recorded miracles in the Gospel account. Only Christ can fill our empty heart with joy and satisfaction. Jesus did this to manifest His glory. Many people saw the miracles but only the disciples saw His glory. Miracles were not performed to show off Christ's power. Miracle always points to something greater than itself and often followed with a message (John 5:14-24). Miracles cannot save sinners. Jesus is the Lord of glory. Satan has blinded unbeliever's mind to see His glory (2 Cor 4:4). This miracle teaches that we should put trust in Christ. We cannot justify drunkenness based on this passage. Drunkenness is condemned in the Bible (Pro 23:21). Drunkenness can lead to riotous and evil lifestyle (Rom 13:13). Jesus is the true source of joy. Put your trust in Christ to find hope and satisfaction.
Only Christ can bring cleaning:
(Read John 2:13-22)
John also gives the account of the cleansing of the temple in this chapter. Temple worship was very important to Jews. God chose to dwell in the midst of Israel at the temple. Every male Jew was required to attend three annual feasts in Jerusalem (Deuteronomy 16:16). The temple had many barriers. The outer court was for the Gentiles. In the next court the Jewish women were allowed to worship. In the main court the Jewish men were allowed to bring their sacrifices. The priests were allowed to enter the Holy place. Only the High Priest could enter the the most Holy place once a year on the day of Atonement (Leviticus 16). Passover was one of Israel's feasts. During that feast, the temple's outer court was taken over by religious leaders for marketing and money exchange. Religious leader considered this as a service to worshipers. But Jesus saw this differently. This shows how broken and sinful our worship had become. Jesus cleansed the Temple because they made His Father’s house a place of merchandise. It was the fulfillment of a prophecy (Psalms 69:9). Jews demanded a sign to prove His authority for His conduct. Christ said "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up”. This was a reference to Christ's death and resurrection. Jesus is the true and final temple. In him all the fullness of God dwells bodily (Col 2:9). Disciples failed to understand this until Jesus was raised from the dead. The temple was never intended to be God's permanent home. It was only a type of Christ. Today believers gather unto Jesus to worship God. The Church is the temple of the Holy Spirit (! Cor 3:16). Christ is the one through whom we have access to God the Father (Heb 10:19-22). Christ is our only mediator (1 Tim 2:5). What separated us from God is now removed forever. By faith in Christ we have access to God the Father through the Spirit (Eph 2:18).
Jesus knows His own: 2:23-25.
When Jesus was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in His name because they saw the miracles. They were convinced that Jesus is the Messiah. But Jesus did not trust them because they were only professing followers. Their faith was only superficial (2:24-25). Jesus knows those who trust him. They depart from iniquity and live a life that reflects the character of God (2 Tim 2:19). Many people seek Jesus as a miracle worker rather than their Savior and Lord. Seeing does not mean believing. Only faith in Christ will save sinners (Rom 10:9). Many traveled with Christ but few followed Him. Are you a follower of Christ or a fellow traveler? Is Christ your Lord and Savior?