Throughout John’s gospel, he gives us glimpses of the glory of Jesus Christ, the Rescuer, so that those who read his eye witness account will believe. Today, Monday, February 18, 2019, we see the first of many miraculous signs which reveal the truth of who Jesus is, the Son of God, the Son of Man, the prophesied Messiah, and the Savior of the World who came to rescue His people. John highlights in this account how Jesus has control over water. As the Lord through Moses transformed the waters at Marah from bitter to sweet in Exodus 15:23-25, John shows that Jesus, Mary’s son, has similar power at a wedding in Cana. Jesus rescues the host from the embarrassment of running out of wine at the wedding, but he has a much larger rescue in mind for his disciples in attendance and those He will call to Himself. Kim
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
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.
12 After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What is the location in verse 1? Who is in attendance in verse 2?
_ What problem develops in verse 3?
_ Why might Jesus’s mother have told Him about it?
_ What did she infer as she told him?
_ How does Jesus respond to the problem in verse 4?
_ What words tell us in verse 5 that His mother wasn’t going to take no for an answer?
_ Why might Jesus have acted even though “His time had not yet come?”
_ How many jars do we find in verse 6? What were they originally used for?
_ Why might it be significant that Jesus uses these jars to bless the host with an abundance of wine?
_ Imagine that you were one of the servants. Describe how they might have told this story to another. Verses 7-9
_ What surprises you about the master of the banquet’s words in verse 10?
_ John calls this the first of Jesus’s miraculous _________, in verse 11.
_ What is this word used for today?
_What is each one pointing to in John’s gospel?
_ What are two specific results of what happened at the wedding in Cana? See verse 11b
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)