Inviting Jesus to the Party

Inviting Jesus to the Party

John 2:1-12

 
 

The first miracle of Jesus was performed at a surprising place, a wedding. It was apparently a pretty big party because before the end of the party, the wine ran out. Mary approached Jesus to remedy the problem and while He did admonish her for trying to interfere with the program of God, He still acquiesced to her request.

 
 

There are several observations that one could make from this story. 

 
 

The first is that even in our celebration, if we invite Christ, He will make it better.

 
 

When we invite Jesus into the places where we normally exclude Him, we may find that our view of that place changes. When we are not embarrassed or ashamed to take Christ to the party places of our lives we may see Him in a different light, and see how we behave differently as well. Even though Jesus is not a party animal, he did not spend His entire life in the synagogue. We see in Cana and other instances in Scripture that Jesus liked people and their celebrations. The Pharisees, in an attempt to discredit Him called Him a “winebibber” and gave the impression that He was not religious enough. That did not stop Him. He saw celebrations as part of human life. Our goal is not to stop celebrating, but rather bring Christ into the mix.

 
 

Second, Jesus did not promote asceticism. The idea that Jesus would turn water into wine and that He would party with his friends, tells us that monastic piety is not what the Christian life is all about. We do not have to abstain from all worldly pleasures; what we have to do is to maintain our loyalty to Christ in the midst of being human. This is much more difficult that avoiding anything that might be difficult to handle. Paul tells us that we can do “all things” through Christ who strengthens us” Php 4:13. Taking Jesus to the party, instead of avoiding it altogether, would be a better plan.

 
 

Third, we must include Christ in everything we do in order to live a fulfilled life. When we take Jesus with us to the party, we should also realize that He should be with us always. Taking Him to the places where we would not normally take Him enables us to begin to take Him everywhere. After all, if we are to become like Him, we cannot exclude Him from any part of our lives.

 
 

What party are you going to without Him? Where are the places in your life that you would ban Him from?  Start thinking about that, and plan to take Him with you in the very places that you would never have Him go…just see what happens.

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

 

Questions: Read John 2:1-12

 
 

Chapter 2

The Wedding at Cana

1 On [h] the third day there was a wedding at [i] Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with [j] 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, [k]
“Woman,
[l]
what does this have to do with me?
[m]
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 [n] for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty [o] gallons. [1]
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 [p] 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 [q] his glory. And [r] his disciples believed in him. 12 After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and [s] his brothers [2] and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.

John 2:1-12 (ESV)

 
 

In verses 1-5,

1. Even though Jesus told Mary that His time had not yet come, why did He do what she asked?

2. What does this say about mutual submission?

3. Jesus used the term “woman” to Mary, and in that culture, it was a sign of respect. How would it be perceived now? Why?

4. Knowing how cultures change, is it important to understand the culture within which the story was written?

5. Discuss why or why not.

In verses 6-7

6. The water jars for purification were used to hold the wine. What symbolism as it pertains to the Old Covenant and the New Covenant are here.

7. How do you think turning water into wine impacted the disciples?

In verses 8-12

8. What do you think the master of the feast was thinking when he tasted the wine, knowing the wine had run out?

9. What if anything, do you think the guests thought?

10. How did this act manifest God’s glory?

11. If you were a guest, what would you think?

12. Based on this story, does God want us to avoid all pleasure? Why or why not?

 
 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

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