Water to Wine Conversions? John 2:1-11

Text:  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.
                                                                                                       Matthew 5:16.

          And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in Psalms and hymns and Spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
                                                                                               Ephesians 5:18-19.

Good morning, converted Christian!  Once you were Spiritually blind, now you can see!  Once you wallowed in worldliness, now you glow with Godliness!  Your Christian conversion is in clear evidence for all observers to see.  Such outer evidence is a vital proof to all unbelievers that there is life for a look at the Crucified Christ.  Praise God for true Christ like Christian conversions!

Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth (all nations); for I am God, and there is none else.  (Isaiah 45:22)

Therefore if any man/woman be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed (or are continually passing) away; behold (look), all things are become (or are progressively becoming) new.               (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Our journey with John today deals with the first miracle the Lord Jesus did in Cana of Galilee - changing ordinary washing water into good, high quality wine. 

When Christ Jesus makes a change, the change He makes is always clearly seen.  Praise and all glory to His Name!

And He (the Lord God) that sat upon the throne said, Behold (look and see!), I make all things new.  And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.  (Revelation 21:5)

The miracle clearly performed that day in Cana of Galilee by Christ Jesus was instant; it was perfect; it was obvious; it was truly marvelous - and done in plain view of all gathered at the marriage.  It was an act of the Supernatural - no one doubted, nor could doubt, that this deed was performed by the hand of Almighty God alone.

In this same sense, when the Lord God decides to redeem a lost sinner - the change can be clearly seen; the change is a lasting change over time; the inner change in the saved sinners soul is evidenced in the drastic changes the person outwardly manifests from that time forth.  Hallelujah!

The Regeneration of a soul once dead in trespasses and sins is a recreation miracle of Gods free grace.  (See the doctrine of Regeneration on our website, click 'Basic Christian Doctrines')

But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead (Spiritually speaking) in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in Heavenly places in Christ JesusFor we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  (Ephesians 2:4-10)

As I often teach:  One cant be saved and not know it; one cant be saved and not show it.  Praise God for the testimony of a converted Christian!

Note also from todays Bible study how the human mother of Jesus was wise in her instruction to the servants at the marriage.  Pay particular attention to her words in verse five:  “…Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.

Obedience to the call of God in coming to Christ for Salvation saves a precious and immortal soul for all Eternity.  Obedience to the Word of God after one is saved ensures the redeemed soul of the perfect joy of Gods Holy Presence, His power, and His peace.  We have Gods Word on the matter.

Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy Presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand are pleasures for evermore.  (Psalm 16:11)

But He (Christ Jesus) said, Yea rather, blessed (blessed with blessings) are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it.                (Luke 11:28)

When the converted Christian, like the stone pots in our selected passage, are ‘…filledup to the brim…’ with the power of God the Holy Ghost - all beholding such converts can clearly see the miracle that has been done in them.  Theres no hiding the light in the life of the victorious, obedient, Christian soul.  Thanks be to God for His miracle of free grace.

Thought:  If theres Holy Ghost oil in the human lamp - it will shine.

Passing On the Gospel John 1:35-51

Text:  So then (a conclusion) faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. 
Romans 10:17.

          For though I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel!
1 Corinthians 9:16.

Good morning, Christian Gospel-gossiper!  The Lord God detests the practice of gossiping, He rates the sin of busy bodying in other mens matters right up there with the sins of murder!  Gods Word deems such gossiping, busy bodying, slandering and backbiting as ’…worthy of death…’!  (Romans 1:32)

But let none of you (Christian believers) suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evil-doer, or as a busy body in other mens matters.  (1 Peter 4:15) (1 Timothy 3:11) (Romans 1:30-32)

Yet, praise God for Gospel gossipers, for many a precious soul has been won by the practice of what I call gossiping the Gospel of Christ Jesus.  Hallelujah!

“The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.”  (Isaiah 50:4)

Today’s verses in our Journey With John reveal the success of the process I have referred to above as ‘gossiping the Gospel’ message.

John reveals Christ Jesus as ‘the lamb of God…’; ‘…two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.’  (Vs.36-37)

Our text from Romans chapter 10 is thereby clearly proven to be God’s truth.  So then (a conclusion) faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.  
(Romans 10:17) 

The two disciples of John heard the truth proclaimed, received God-given faith to believe - and immediately ‘…followed Jesus.  Glory to His Name!

One of these two disciples, Andrew, then took the revealed message and went off to find ‘…his own brother, Simon (Peter), and continued to gossip the Gospel - “…We have found the Messiah, which is being interpreted, the Christ.  And he brought him to Jesus…”  (Vs. 41-42)

The Lord Jesus, on the very next day, found Philip, and asked him to follow Him - which, praise God, he did.

Philip then found Nathaniel and, gossiping the Gospel, “…saith unto him, We have found Him, of Whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of JosephCome and see.  (V. 45)

Nathaniel went and seen for himself the Living Truth, Christ Jesus; the Lord Jesus spoke to him face to face; and it was revealed unto Nathaniel that Jesus was indeed, “…the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.  (Vs. 47-49)   Wow!  What a blessing! 

Listen to what the Lord Jesus said unto this dear man:  “…Verily, verily (truly, truly), I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see Heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.  (V. 51)  And, as the Gospel accounts reveal, he certainly did. Praise God for His truth!

God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent; hath He not said, and shall He not do it?  Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?  (Numbers 23:19)

Sanctify them through Thy truth; Thy Word is truth.  (John 17:17)

God always does what His Word says He will do - He is immutable!

After studying this wonderful process of gossiping the Gospel contained in todays Bible passage; and seeing for ourselves the success such clear witnessing always brings - lets you and I determine afresh not to waste our time in idle gossiping, but rather to redeem the time God gives us by seeking to gossip the Gospel at every God-given opportunity.

Walk in wisdom towards them that are without, redeeming the time.  Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how to answer every man.  (Colossians 4:6)

Thought: Beloved, open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.  (Psalm 81:10)

The Clarity of John the Baptist's Record John 1:19-34

Text:  And this is the record of John (the Baptist), when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?  And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
John 1:19-20.
          And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from Heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him (the Lord Jesus).
John 1:32.

Good morning, clear Christian witness!  Your witness for Christ is a most powerful witness indeed.  Why?  Because you bear clear record of historical facts; you set forth the irrefutable Biblical evidence for your Christian belief; you give a resounding account of the ‘…faith once delivered unto the saints…’  More power to you, beloved Christian friend!  (Jude 3)

But sanctify the Lord in your hearts; and be ready ALWAYS to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.  (1 Peter 3:15)

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto Me (Christ Jesus) both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  (Acts 1:8)

When a regenerate, born from Above, Christian is forthright in declaring Gods truth in the spirit of Gods heart-melting love - wondrous things happen:  Souls dead in sin and trespasses…’ receive Gods gift of faith; they believe the Gospel message of Salvation in Christ alone; they are granted Gods gift of repentance; they confess their sins to God; and they are gloriously SAVED for time and for Eternity.  Wow!  Now, thats what I call exciting activity! (John 3:3-8)

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.  (Romans 10:17)

Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrinedo the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.  (2 Timothy 4:1-5)  

Precious souls will respond!

But I have no special talents, or handsome looks, or extra resources with which to make any impact on the countless unsaved souls around me!, I hear some readers cry. 

Nonsense! I reply to such defeatist bleating.  Use the truth that you have, wherever you can use it, to whomever you find opportunity to use it! Trust me, you shall prevail in the power of God the Spirit, and win souls for the Master!  (Proverbs 11:30)

Precious souls are perishing because of the inactivity of Christians!

Take a look for a moment at this man we call John the Baptist.  What had he that made him such a powerful instrument of the Living Lord God?

John the Baptist was not some well groomed, nattily dressed, TV evangelist.  John was not in the business of building a ministry like many we see today.  John was being truly faithful as he was, with what he stood up in, to whomsoever had ears to hear his message of the coming Messiah Jesus.

The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.  (Mark 1:3)

John had a God-given message to preach, and he preached that message with all his heart, with all his might, to whomsoever he possibly could.  Thats faithfulness!  Praise God for clear and faithful Christian witnesses!

I am the Lord (Jehovah) thy God, which brought ye out of the land of Egypt; open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.  (Psalm 81:10)

Gods strong assurance to Moses at the commencement of his ministry to lead the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt, is exactly the same assurance to Christian witnesses today in the 21st Century .

And the Lord said unto him (Moses), Who hath made mans mouth? Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the Lord?  Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.  (Exodus 4:11-12)

Johns message could be bottom-lined in these words, “…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. - Jesus Christ has come to suffer and die on a cruel Cross to save all sinners that repent.  Thats our message, dear friends.  Let us go forth and preach it with all our might.

Thought:  The Record is straight - Jesus saves repentant sinners!