John Chapter 2 study

Jesus =
  • partygoer
  • likeable (he received an invitation)
  • not a stick in the mud (I don’t see the Pharisees mentioned in this account of the wedding).  I imagine they would have been looking around in disgust at the revelry going on at the wedding party.
  • friend of sinners
  • Obedient to his mom – she asked him to do something and he did it.- His 1st miracle wasn’t some huge spectacular healing, but rather done in response to the relationship he had with Mary.
  • Extravagant/Lavish – he made an exorbitant amount of wine.  We did the calculations and it came out to be between 120-180 gallons of wine or in other words, over 700 typical store bottles of wine.
  • Blessing offered without condition.  I thought much about Jesus’ “gift” of wine at the wedding and wondered why he would make so much wine when drunkenness is clearly a sin.  I always approach the Bible as having no contradictions, so I believe Jesus would not be condoning drunkenness.  Our family had a good discussion around this topic and I came to realize that we are constantly blessed extravagantly.  God lavishes blessing after blessing on us each daily and grace upon grace.  He blesses us freely with good things all the time and those blessings are not conditional on our obedience.  For example, he provides us with food daily though gluttony is a sin.  It is not the food that is bad, it is our decision to over eat that is sinful.  Similarly, wine is not evil, though drunkenness is a sin.  Brings to mind the scripture in 1 Timothy 4:4.:  “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,”    Sadly, because of our selfishness and lack of self-control, we all too often over-indulge in his good gifts, and choose to sin rather than enjoy the blessings as they are intended.    
  • Quality – he made the best wine.  He didn’t make ok wine or cheap wine.  He made the best wine!

About andreamoormans

I was raised to be an independent, strong-willed woman. My earthly father prepared me for life by sending me to the best schools. I attended Wellesley College, the same school Hillary Clinton and a host of prominent women attended. Gloria Steinem spoke at my graduation. I was a Fulbright Scholar. I went to Harvard Graduate School. My father meant well, but his plans stemmed from worldly wisdom. "Church" was an event I put into my schedule, not the fabric of who I was. Amidst many successes that left me feeling empty, I began searching for meaning. My life was turned upside down when I realized how wrong I had been about God and the Church. I had accepted a diluted, unrecognizable version of both. Earnestly studying my Bible and realizing my need for repentance, I committed myself to a relationship with Christ, following his plan for salvation. That was the easy part. Then began the process of peeling away layer upon layer of religiosity. Now 23 years later, He is still stripping away layers of erroneous thinking and revealing to me how to bring greater glory and honor to Him through my thoughts, my actions, my speech, my life. Though I have been blessed in many ways and have a wonderful family, the desire to obey the Lord's commands has led me to a very different path in life than I would have ever imagined. Following Him has not been easy. In fact, it is harder than any of my studies at the best name schools, ever was. Jesus never promises a life of ease. In fact, He calls me to walk counter to the teachings of this society. But in trading in worldly wisdom for His, I have gained full confidence that Jesus Christ is truly the only treasure worth chasing.
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