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Day 19 - Jesus Changes Water into Wine
John 2:1-11

If you've ever been to a wedding reception, you probably remember having lots of food to eat and wedding punch to drink. Can you imagine how embarrassed the bride and bridegroom would be if people were standing in line to get punch and were told the punch had run out? The wedding guests would know that the hosts hadn't planned properly, and in a hot climate like Israel, their thirst would certainly aggravate the situation. This is what occurred at this wedding in the village of Cana that Jesus, His mother and disciples attended.

When Mary told Jesus about the wine running out, Jesus responded with words we wouldn't have expected. "How does that concern you and me?" Jesus asked. "My time has not yet come" (John 2:4). If we read through the whole Gospel of John, we discover that Jesus spoke often about His "time" coming, and it becomes obvious that He was always referring to the time when He would die for the sins of the world. So when Jesus responded to Mary's statement about the lack of wine, He must have been thinking about people lacking, not wine, but something that wouldn't be provided until He died. It's possible that Jesus was referring to His own blood, which was symbolized by wine at the Last Supper. Or He may have been speaking about the Holy Spirit, who is sometimes symbolized by wine in the New Testament. Everyone needs to have his sins forgiven through the shedding of Jesus' blood and be born again by the Holy Spirit. Both of those are much greater needs than wine running out at a wedding feast. Jesus was concerned about much more important things than Mary was.

Jesus, however, must have been somewhat concerned about the lack of wine at the wedding feast because He performed a miracle to solve the problem. That miracle may also have had a deeper spiritual meaning, because Jesus didn't change just any water into wine---He changed water that was used by the Jews for the purpose of purification rites into wine. Because of the many laws that God gave the Jews to keep, they were very conscious (or aware) of their sinfulness, and they were always trying to keep themselves symbolically purified by various washings with water. But since Jesus died for us, cleansing us from all the guilt of our sins, we don't need any other way of getting spiritually clean. Knowing that we're cleansed, we can now enjoy ourselves, drinking Jesus' good wine. Now we can really celebrate!

But isn't it wrong to drink anything that is alcoholic? If so, why did Jesus change water into wine that day?

  Historians tell us that the Jews always diluted their wine with water, so the amount of alcohol in their wine was very small. It was more like what we today call "grape juice" than what we today call wine. We must also remember that, other than water, wine was practically the only beverage people could drink back in Jesus' day, and the water that was available was often contaminated and undrinkable in the villages and cities. We have many choices of beverages today, so no one has to drink wine. Christians don't all agree if it is wrong for them to drink alcoholic beverages, but one thing all true Christians agree on is this: the Bible very clearly says that it is a sin to get drunk. Getting drunk starts with one drink, and if that one drink begins to cloud a person's thinking, he might more easily yield to the temptation for another drink and then another. The safest thing to do is completely abstain from all alcoholic drinks.

Alcohol has caused a lot of heartaches to multitudes of people. Many babies have been born with deformities because their mothers drank alcohol when they were pregnant. Many innocent people have been killed by drunk drivers. Many families have been ruined by parents who became addicted to alcohol. Because alcohol is responsible for so much that is evil and sinful, my advice to Christians is to abstain from drinking it at all. John certainly didn't record this miracle of Jesus changing water into watered-down wine for the purpose of encouraging Christians to drink modern alcoholic beverages. He recorded this miracle to prove that Jesus was the Son of God and to remind us of the wonderful salvation He's provided for us!

Q. Did you notice that the wine Jesus made was described by the master of ceremonies as being better than the first wine that ran out?   Does this teach us anything about God?

A. Perhaps it does. It shows us that when God does something, He does a quality job, and He wants us to enjoy the best He has to offer us. He has provided a wonderful salvation for us that includes loads of benefits for all eternity, not just a temporary fixer-upper salvation that puts a band-aid on our problem. He doesn't want us to have mediocre families, but quality families, with truly loving relationships. Are you enjoying all the benefits of what God has to offer us?

Q. Does this miracle of Jesus' changing water into wine teach us anything about God's power?

A. Yes, it shows us that God can change anything into something else. If you believe in Jesus, He has changed you from a child of Satan into His own child. One day God will change your physical body into a brand new body that glows with His glory.

Application: Because of this first miracle, Jesus' disciples believed in Him. For us, this miracle is one more proof that Jesus truly is the Son of God, and because we believe He is, we should trust and obey Him.

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Day 32 - Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

Day 33 - Jesus Chooses Twelve Apostles

Day 34 - Jesus Describes His True Followers

Day 35 - Jesus Explains God's Standards of Holiness

Day 36 - Jesus Continues to Explain God's Standards of Holiness

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Day 38 - Jesus Teaches About Material Possessions

Day 39 - Jesus Teaches about Being Critical of Others

Day 40 - Jesus Teaches About Persistence and Prayer

Day 41 - Jesus Summarizes His Sermon on the Mountainside

Day 42 - A Roman Soldier's Faith

Day 43 - Jesus Heals a Royal Official's Dying Son

Day 44 - Jesus Raises a Widow's Son From the Dead

Day 45 - John the Baptist Questions Jesus

Day 46 - A Forgiven Woman Shows Her Faith and Gratitude

Day 47 - A Few Good Women

Day 48 - Jesus is Accused of Working for the Devil

Day 49 - The Pharisees Request a Sign from Jesus

Day 50 - Jesus' Mother and Brothers

Day 51 - Jesus Tells a Story About Different Soils

Day 52 - Mustard Seeds and Satan's Weeds

Day 53 - Hidden Treasures, Priceless Pearls and Fishing Nets

Day 54 - Jesus Calms a Storm

Day 55 - Jesus Delivers a Demon-Possessed Man

Day 56 - Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman

Day 57 - The Blind and Mute are Healed

Day 58 - Jesus Finds Little Faith in His Hometown

Day 59 - Jesus Heals a Lame Man at the Pool of Bethesda

Day 60 - Jesus' Special Relationship with God the Father

Day 61 - Jesus Sends Out His Twelve Apostles

Day 62 - John the Baptist is Martyred

Day 63 - Jesus Multiplies Food for Five Thousand People

Day 64 - Jesus Walks on Water

Day 65 - Jesus Compares Himself with Food

Day 66 - Jesus Teaches About Inner Purity

Day 67 - A Gentile Woman Persists in Faith

Day 68 - Jesus Feeds Four Thousand

Day 69 - The Faith and Doubts of Jesus' Disciples

Day 70 - Jesus Foretells His Death, Resurrection and Glorification

Day 71 - Jesus Casts Out A Demon His Disciples Couldn't

Day 72 - Jesus Pays His and Peter's Temple Tax

Day 73 - Jesus Teaches His Disciples

Day 74 - The Value of Children

Day 75 - What To Do When a Fellow Christian Wrongs You

Day 76 - Jesus' Forbearance With Unbelievers and His Expectations of Believers

Day 77 - Demons Must Obey Christ's Followers

Day 78 - Jesus Invites Weary People to Rest

Day 79 - Jesus Teaches About Prayer

Day 80 - Jesus Criticizes the Religious Leaders

Day 81 - Jesus Warns Against Greed

Day 82 - Jesus Tells His Followers to be Ready for His Return

Day 83 - Jesus Warns People to Repent

Day 84 - Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath

Day 85 - Jesus Teaches About the Narrow Door to Heaven

Day 86 - Jesus Teaches About Humility and Servanthood

Day 87 - A Feast For Everyone

Day 88 - The Cost of True Discipleship

Day 89 - God's Lost and Found

Day 90 - The Story of the Shrewd Money Manager

Day 91 - The Rich Man and Lazarus

Day 92 - Temptation, Sin, Forgiveness, Faith and Obedience

Day 93 - Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

Day 94 - Jesus Teaches About the Coming Kingdom

Day 95 - Jesus Encourages His Followers to Trust Him for Justice

Day 96 - The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Day 97 - The Unbelief of Jesus' Brothers and People of Jerusalem

Day 98 - Jesus Offers Living Water to Thirsty People

Day 99 - Jesus Shows Mercy to an Adulterous Woman

Day 100 - Jesus Makes Amazing Claims

Day 101 - Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

Day 102 - Jesus Compares Himself to a Gate and a Good Shepherd

Day 103 - Jesus Teaches About Divorce and Remarriage

Day 104 - A Rich Young Man Rejects Jesus

Day 105 - The Parable of the Vineyard Workers

Day 106 - Jesus Claims to be One With the Father

Day 107 - Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

Day 108 - The Greatest Servant Teaches About Serving

Day 109 - Jesus Heals a Blind Man Named Bartimaeus

Day 110 - Zacchaeus is Saved

Day 111 - The Parable of the Ten Servants

Day 112 - Jesus' Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem

Day 113 - Jesus Curses a Fig Tree and Clears the Temple

Day 114 - The Stories of the Two Sons and Evil Farmers

Day 115 - The Parable of the Wedding Guests

Day 116 - Jesus Answers Two Trick Questions

Day 117 - Jesus Answers and Asks a Difficult Question

Day 118 - The Parable of the Good Samaritan

Day 119 - Jesus Warns the Religious Leaders

Day 120 - A Poor But Generous Widow

Day 121 - Jesus Talks About Jerusalem's Destruction and the End Times

Day 122 - Jesus Exhorts Everyone to be Ready for His Return

Day 123 - Ten Bridesmaids and Three Servants

Day 124 - Jesus Talks About the Final Judgment

Day 125 - Jesus Talks Again About His Impending Death

Day 126 - Jesus Again Claims to be God

Day 127 - Jesus is Twice Anointed

Day 128 - The Last Supper

Day 129 - Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet

Day 130 - Jesus Predicts Judas's Betrayal and Peter's Denial

Day 131 - Jesus Comforts His Disciples

Day 132 - We are Branches in Jesus' Vine

Day 133 - Jesus Warns His Disciples of the World's Hatred

Day 134 - Jesus' Final Words to His Disciples

Day 135 - Jesus Prays for His Disciples

Day 136 - Jesus is Arrested

Day 137 - Jesus' Trial Before the Jewish Council

Day 138 - Judas Commits Suicide

Day 139 - Jesus Stands Trial Before Pilate

Day 140 - Jesus' First Three Hours on the Cross

Day 141 - Jesus' Second Three Hours on the Cross and Death

Day 142 - Jesus' Burial

Day 143 - Jesus is Resurrected!

Day 144 - Jesus Appears to His Disciples

Day 145 - Jesus Appears to His Disciples in Galilee

Day 146 - Jesus' Final Words and Ascension to Heaven

Day 147 - Luke Summarizes Jesus' Final Days on Earth

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