The Good in Service on God’s Mission (John 2:1-11)Pastor Joe Sanders, June 29, 2014
Part of the Standalone series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Knowing what is good can be very difficult sometimes. Knowing what is good and choosing to do good can be even more difficult. Why do we struggle so badly with these issues? Why is it often so hard to choose to do good? At the very outset of Jesus’ ministry time on earth, he goes to a wedding and produces the miracle of turning water into wine. This seems like such a strange event in so many ways and many of the details in the story seem odd. But it turns out to be a pivotal account that changes our view of Jesus and his radical work in our lives. He changes us and makes us good so we can serve others with him in God’s mission for the world.
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1And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. 3And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. 4Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. 5His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. 6And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. 7Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. 8And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. 9When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, 10And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. 11This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. (KJV)