John 2 Outline
– The miracle of Jesus turning the water into wine (John 2:1-11)
– Jesus drives out those selling at the temple (John 2:12-25)
John 2 Bible Study
In John 2:1-11, Jesus and his mother and disciples were invited to the wedding at Cana in Galilee. While at the wedding, Jesus’ mother told Jesus that no more wine is left and she expected him to do something. Jesus replied that it is not yet his time to start his ministry so he didn’t want to help. However, his mother told the servants to do what Jesus tell him. There were 6 stone water jars nearby. The water jars were intended for use in the washing ceremonial of the Jews. Jesus told the servants to fill the jars up to the brim. After they had filled the jars up to the brim, he told them to draw the water out to the banquet’s master. When the banquet’s master drank the wine, he was impressed with the good taste of the wine. Usually, the choice wine is drank first and the cheaper wine is drank last. Mary told the servants to listen to Jesus instead of giving them orders on behalf of Jesus. Whenever we have problem, we can come to Jesus directly. We don’t have to come to the virgin Mary. Mary is only a vessel that God used to bring Jesus Christ onto the earth. Mary is just like us. There is only one God. God exists in three forms including the Father God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit. Praying to Mary or bowing down to the statue of Mary is a sin. If you pray to Mary, you must confess your sin and ask God to use the blood of Jesus to wash away your sins. In Exodus 20:4-6, God forbid bowing down or worshiping any idol. If you want to experience God’s miracle in your life, you must be obedient in carrying out his word. The Holy Spirit will speak to us from time to time to guide us in many aspects of our lives. When you hear the Holy Spirit speaking to you, you must listen and carry out his word. Ignoring the Holy Spirit will cause him to become grieve (Ephesians 4:30).
In John 2:12-25, Jesus entered into the temple and drive out those who are doing business there. The sellers were selling things used for the sacrifice offerings at the temple including cattle, sheep, and dove. The money changer exchanges money for foreigners who come to worship God at the temple. Selling in the church is wrong because it is defiling the Sabbath day. Christians must not buy or sell on the Sabbath day. They cannot hire someone to oversee their business on Sabbath day. On the Sabbath day, you must only worship God and do God’s work (Nehemiah 10:31; Deuteronomy 5:14; Jeremiah 17:27). The Sabbath day must be observed even though it is an Old Testament law (Matthew 19:16-30 ; Matthew 23:3). The Jews demanded Jesus to tell them by what authority he drive out the sellers at the temple and Jesus replied destroy the temple and he will rebuild it in three days. Jesus is saying that they will eventually kill him and God’s spirit will raise him from the dead on the third day. Although many people believe in Jesus, Jesus don’t want to trust them because he knew that their hearts could change. He will only be handed over to the enemies to be crucified at the time set by God.
Read the testimony of Dr. Augusto Maquengo at http://spiritlessons.com/Documents/Augusto/I_Arrive_Soon.htm about keeping the Sabbath day holy.