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Trust Jesus when wine runs out
Attributed to: Slye, Pastor John
Source: Excerpts from a sermon delivered at Grace Community Church printed in the Washington Times of 17th October, 2005
Contributed by: Anon

"Today's message is titled "Drinking with Jesus" and is based on John 2:1-12. In John 2, Jesus performs His first miracle and turns the water into wine.

What we're really focusing on here is what Jesus said about Himself. Who did he say he was? He called himself a ladder. Jesus is the ladder to God.

Today's message is titled "Drinking with Jesus." We are going to figure out what it means to drink with Jesus. Is the point of this passage that Jesus drank? That's not the point. Is the point that Jesus changed the water into wine or into Welch's grape juice? That's not the point either.

The Bible is very clear when we talk about drinking alcohol as in drinking alcohol to get drunk. The Bible says very clearly that we are not supposed to get drunk (Ephesians 5:18).

But that's not the point of the passage either. The point is not about whether Jesus liked to party. The scripture is very clear about that. Jesus was in the middle of these social, festive occasions, and the Bible isn't saying that he was down in the middle of the party dancing. But what is very clear is that Jesus liked to party.

This is a powerful passage. John loves symbolism of words and objects. But in this passage the symbolism is clear and simple. What is the symbolism we find here? It is right in the beginning:

"On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and His disciples had also been invited to the wedding."

John the writer points this out very clearly that this happened on the third day. But what is the symbolism of the third day?

In Genesis Chapter 1, on the third day God creates the land and calls it good, but the second day wasn't good -- its blessing was carried to the third day, and it receives a double blessing. What day did Jesus rise from the dead? On the third day. What day did he perform his first miracle? On the third day. It is a day that really does receive a double blessing and the Jews knew that."

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