Divine Encounters Part 2

Mary’s Story

We are going to look at Jesus’ first miracle through Mary’s eyes. Throughout Mary’s whole life, she knew something great was going to happen concerning Jesus.

In Luke Chapter 2, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem and a man named Simeon revealed to them that Jesus was the Messiah they had been waiting on, but told Mary a “sword will pierce through your own soul.”

When we talk about face to face encounters with Jesus, there is a “first time” when we realize He is the Son of God. But if we are going to grow as believers, we need many face to face encounters.

John 2:1 – On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. (Verse 2) Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. (Verse 3) And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” (Verse 4) Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”

(Verse 5) His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” (Verse 6) Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. (Verse 7) Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.

(Verse 8) And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. (Verse 9) When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. (Verse 10) And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then that which is inferior; but you have kept the good wine until now.”

A lot of theologians believe that this is John’s wedding. John doesn’t refer to himself by name in his gospel. They believe this because Jesus and the disciples were invited. This might also explain why Mary is so concerned about running out of wine. Some believe that Salome, the wife of Zebedee was the sister of Mary, Jesus’ mother, therefore John would have been Jesus’ cousin. So this wedding was important to the whole family.

Weddings in those days were very different than today. The couple didn’t take “honeymoons.” First, they had a celebration for seven days and they would treat the bride and grooms like a king and queen.

So when the story starts, John 2:1, says, “On the third day,” of a seven-day party, they run out of wine. That would have been embarrassing to the hoast and bride and groom. So this was a big deal! That’s why Mary goes immediately to Jesus. Why did she go to Jesus out of all the people that were there though?

If we read to verse eleven, it says this was the beginning of signs that Jesus did. Doesn’t that make you wonder if Mary had seen some strange “signs” concerning Jesus before this? Why else would Mary say to the servants to do whatever He says? Just makes you wonder how many other things out of the ordinary Mary had seen Jesus do while growing up. The words that Mary said are some of the most profound words when it comes to receiving a miracle. “Whatever He says to you, do it!” Pray and obey.

Obedience is measurable.

The verse says that they filled the waterpots up to the brim. They got as much wine as they had water, all the way to the brim. It’s amazing that Jesus once said, “Whatever measure you give, it will be measured back to you.” What if they had only filled them up halfway? However, we give, that’s what is given back to us. Obedience is measurable.

When Jesus tells us to do something, do we do it halfway or completely? People can tell us that they are “walking in obedience,” but we can tell by how giving they are. I’m not talking about the amount of money. So if God says something to us, are we going to obey to the full measure?

Obedience is exciting.

The waterpots represented dead religion until Jesus got involved. By the end of the evening, these plain ole waterpots were the center of the party. A lot of Christians’ walk is routine, just like the washing pots. Come in, sit down, sing a song, and their done with worship. However, our Christian walk can be exciting if we just do whatever Jesus tells us to do. How would you like to go from miracle to miracle to miracle?

Obedience is the key to your heart’s desires.

Think about Jesus first miracle: It was not raising someone from the dead or healing someone. His first miracle was saving a family from embarrassment! So many think that God doesn’t care about things like that, but He does!

Have you ever thought “If I don’t take care of me, no one else will?” That’s what Satan says to us. Every miracle that is done benefits someone. When a person gets healed, their life is so much better. They receive a benefit. The devil will try to convince people not to pray for healing because it’s selfish, but God wants to bless His children and He wants you healed.

God will bless you more than you can bless yourself if you give Him the opportunity! Number one, He’s richer than we are. Number two, He loves you more than you love yourself. Don’t ever forget that He sent His only Son to die for you!

Psalm 37:4 – Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Obey and God will do a miracle in your life. 

Too many have been ruined by the “prosperity gospel” that it has affected how we think about God actually wanting to bless us. Don’t fall into the “poverty doctrine” either, thinking God wants you poor, because that’s not true. How would you ever bless someone else if you don’t have anything to give to others? People think it’s “Godly” to be poor. Well, I’ve got news for some: You can be selfish and be poor and you can be selfish and be rich!

Whatever situation a person has, the way to receive a miracle is, invite Jesus in and do what He says.

 

 

One comment on “Divine Encounters Part 2

  1. Well argued. Great lessons for me.

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