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How the wedding at Cana manifested Christ's glory.
The reason we are looking at John is to learn what it means to meet the Lord Jesus on his terms. John is a little different than the other apostles who helped us meet Jesus in that John is writing many decades after the earlier gospels. So what John is doing is not just looking at the facts again but helping us understand what they mean. What would it mean to meet this Jesus? So John begins to put the facts together in such a way, with some perspective now of time, helping us know this is who he is, this is what he plans to do. You'll see that even in the words of the apostle as he begins to unfold, the meaning of this event of changing water into wine at a wedding in Cana.
I want you to notice the first and the last verses. First words: On the third day. If you look at the 11th verse and its conclusion you see that Jesus did this miracle in Cana of Galilee and manifested his glory.
I'm going to put us in the position of John as he is writing. The first thing that happened was John the Baptist declared Jesus to be the Lamb of God, the one who would be sacrificed. Then John says three days later he manifested his glory. What is John reminding us of? The resurrection, where Jesus was the Lamb sacrificed for our sin and three days later he manifested his glory. What you have writ small in John chapter two is the message of salvation that will soon be writ large.
Read John 2:1-11
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You've got to admit this is an unlikely place for the Son of God to begin. I mean, if he's going to do a miracle, what you expect is lightning, earthquakes on cue, something that says, I am the great and powerful … or something like that. Can't you at least take a couple of fish and feed 5,000? Well, all in good time. ...
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Bryan Chapell is the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois.