Family Connection August 29, 2017

John 2:1-11 (NIV) 1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there,2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” 11 This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

Life never goes as planned. What happens when the unexpected happens in your life or in the lives of those you love?

To run out of wine in that culture was a big problem. It was a social crisis. It would lead to embarrassment and shame for the groom’s family. This was a huge personal and social crisis. I don’t know if you are in a social crisis, a financial crisis, a spiritual crisis, a relational crisis, an emotional crisis, or a physical crisis, but I want you to know Jesus can do something about your situation. The groom’s family didn’t plan to run out of anything at the wedding feast. This was an unexpected and unprepared for circumstance. Remember that wine was a symbol of joy in the Bible. Has anyone here had their joy run out because of an unexpected turn of events?

Listen, there are things beyond our control, but they are never beyond Jesus’ reach.

When Mary became aware of the problem, she immediately turned to Jesus as the solution.

1. Jesus can do a now thing. It is closer than you think. Turn to Him. Make Him aware of what is in your heart. Tell Him about your struggle.

2. Jesus can do a new thing. It is better than you can imagine.

Jesus didn’t come to bring you a band-aid for your life. He didn’t come with some duct-tape and a staple gun to try to prop you up, tide you over, or to provide some temporary fix! He came to make you new! Revelation 21:5: “Behold, I am making everything new!” “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

You know, the world’s joy never satisfies and it runs out quickly. Satan tries to dazzle you up front with the shiniest, most sparkly, sinful experiences that he promises will bring joy to your life, and then as soon as you are “hooked” on that experience, things go south from there. But Jesus has the opposite life to offer you. As you allow Him to direct your steps, life with Him will get better and better and better.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

Your wildest dreams don’t compare with God’s plans. He wants to enter into your social crisis, your shame, your whatever, no matter how complicated it is, and He wants to bring lasting joy to you. He wants to enter into the empty places of your life and fill you to overflowing. Will you cooperate with Him?

Or what if He wants to use you like He did Mary? What if He wants to reveal to you a potential problem, an impending calamity? What if He wants to show you something that He doesn’t make known to anyone else because He wants you to engage Jesus on behalf of someone else?

What if He wants you to carry some water so that someone else can have a miracle they didn’t even know they needed?

Do you need a quiet miracle? Has something unexpected happened? Do you need some joy? Do you need snatched out of a situation where there is potential embarrassment or shame? Do you need something old and stale to be made fresh and new?

It’s time for a now thing. It’s time for a new thing. Let’s cooperate with Jesus and let Him do the miraculous!

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Beverly Miller
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Cassie Escue
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