This Sunday at 9:15am, we will continue our series in the Gospel of John.
Why did Jesus change the water into wine? To impress the crowds? Because He was thirsty for some good wine? Because his mom asked him to? To get the wedding party's attention? What motivated his first miracle?
John 2:1-12 tells the story of this often overlooked miracle by our Savior. In preparation for our time together on Sunday, let me briefly talk about this inaugural event marking the beginning of Jesus' ministry here on earth.
While the wedding ceremony was a complete success, the reception hit a snag that threatened to derail the entire event. Back in the first century, wine was to a wedding what a cake is to a wedding today. Guests couldn't imagine a wedding without wine. To offer wine was to show respect to your guests. Not to offer wine at a wedding was an insult.
As part of the catering company, what Mary faced was a large knot that quickly needed to be untied. So what did she do? Her solution poses a practical plan for untangling life's knots. "They have no more wine." she told Jesus (John 2:3). That's it. That's all she said. She didn't go ballistic, throw a temper-tantrum, she simply assessed the problem and gave it to Christ. She could have passed the blame on to someone else. She could have imploded, blaming herself for not planning accordingly. She could have hid in the kitchen, hoping no one would notice that the wine was all gone, but instead, she focused on the problem and took it to the right person.
Let's move on and see what happened next. "Jesus told the servants, 'Fill the jars with water,' when the jars had been filled, he said, 'Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.' So the servants followed his instructions." and as we know, the water, while in transit, became wine.
While there are several things we can learn from this simple story, without spoiling Sunday's message, let me leave you with this thought. Next time you face a problem, follow the example of Mary at the wineless wedding:
Identify the problem.....don't waste time blaming yourself or others
Present it to Jesus......he wants to help you
Do what he says.....no matter how crazy it sounds
Join us on Sunday at 9:15am, as we dive a little bit deeper into this story and allow the Holy Spirit to strengthen your belief in Jesus as the Son of God.
At 10:15am we will continue to make our way through the multi-faith maze, as we discuss the different paths people try and take in their journey to find God.
See you Sunday
This week's edition of TAB is meant to keep you updated on what's happening around our church campus over the next week.
It all begins tomorrow at 3:00pm, as we gather together for our all-church annual meeting. At this meeting, we will look back at how God has shaped our church for the future and look ahead at some of where we see God taking us in 2019. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the 2019 budget. Ballots to approve the 2019 budget will be available after the meeting and must be submitted by noon on Sunday.
Speaking of Sunday, at our 9:15am service, we will wrap-up our series on Loving God......Loving Others. For this final week, my goal is to tie the past seven weeks together around one central theme......LOVE! Take some time over the next few days and read John 15; then, join us on Sunday at 9:15am and learn what it really looks like to be a loving church.
At our 10:30am service, we kick-off a brand-new series called, Do All Roads Lead to God (Navigating the Multi-Faith Maze). Through-out this series, we will look at what other world religions teach and compare each with Christianity. My hope is to give you the opportunity to wrestle with the implications of a message that says all these outside faiths are missing the one crucial ingredient.
On Thursday, both our Adults on Mission group and our Young @ Heart group will be meeting. I'm excited about our Adults on Mission meeting, as our newest editions to the Parkside Fellowship family, Charles and Diana Jordan will be sharing about their time spent as missionaries in Japan. This meeting begins at 10:30am and will be followed by our Young @ Heart lunch at noon. Please join us for both of these relationship-building opportunities.
I hope to see you at one or all of these events over the next week.
Have a great weekend, stay warm and as always.....see you Sunday!