#John 2:1-12

THE SECRET OF JOY
John 2:1-12

INTRODUCTION

What everyone really seeks in life is the enjoyment of life. There are as many ideas of how to have enjoyment as there are people. When it comes to obtaining enjoyment everybody does that which is right in their own sight to obtain it. Sad to say, some seek enjoyment even to the hurt of others.

God created us with the capacity to experience enjoyment. He has given us three levels of enjoyment.
     1. There is happiness – dependent upon happenings around us
     2. There is joy – dependent upon what we receive
     3. There is blessedness- dependent upon one’s position in God

The basic type of enjoyment is happiness. In this we don’t necessarily have to receive anything. We are happy when our team wins. We are happy when a friend receives a promotion. Happiness is an atmosphere.
We are happy when the happenings around us are pleasant.

But that is not enough. We like to receive good things also. That is what some call joy. Joy is the good life, worth living. Joy is the reaping of the good things that we have patiently sown in our lives.

Blessedness is the highest enjoyment. This is the person who chooses to ignore happenings, and doesn’t worry about what they receive. The blessed person trusts God to take care of things. The blessed person spends his / her life giving to others instead of giving to self.

Today we are not going to discuss how to react to happenings for happiness. None are we going to discuss how to spend our life for others. Instead we are going to examine when we can have joy. This is not selfishness. If there was enough time we would be able to show from the Bible God wants us to experience joy.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace Galatians 5:22

The kingdom of God is righteousness and peace and joy Romans 14:17

Jesus, for the joy set before Him, experienced the cross Hebrews 12:2

In God we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory I Peter 1:8

Our text today deals with joy. Both to the Jew and to the Bible, wine is the symbol of joy cf. the wine in the Lord’s Supper.

If someone here is thinking, “Ah ha! A Biblical basis for my Saturday drinking sprees.” No. Beer, whiskey and other liquor is grain based, not grape based.

In the Bible pure wine is a maximum of about 5% alcohol content. It was then mixed with water at a ratio of anywhere from two to eight parts water to one part wine. Excessive use of wine is strictly forbidden for God’s people.

In our passage today the symbol of joy is wine.

THEME: GOD HAS PROVIDED FOR US TO HAVE JOY:

I. IN OUR MARRIAGE 2:1-2

A. The Wedding Of Cana
          1. Under Jewish law the normal day for a wedding of a virgin was Wednesday
          2. For a widow – Thursday

     B. The First Recorded Social Event Jesus Attended Was A Wedding
          1. The first recorded social event in the Bible was the wedding in the Garden of Eden
          2. The first miracle of Jesus was at a wedding

     C. The First Miracle Was The Bringing Of The Symbol Of Joy (Wine) To The Family Circle
          1. That miracle is still available today
          2. It is surprising how rapidly joy can leave a home
          3. For joy to be maintained in a marriage three elements are needed
               a. Jesus must be present vs. 2
               b. His family (Mary) must be present vs. 1
               c. His disciples (Christians) must be present vs. 2

T. S. GOD HAS PROVIDED FOR US TO HAVE JOY:
          I. IN OUR MARRIAGE

II. IN THE COMMON THINGS OF OUR LIFE 2:3-7

     A. They Wanted Wine, But No Wine

NOTE: They wanted to receive joy but there was no joy to receive

     B. Mary (Christians) Notify Jesus
          1. The couple did not yet know their need though others knew
          2. The only place to go for help – Jesus

NOTE: Wedding party could last as long as 1-2 weeks, depending on the wealth of the family

          3. No request – a statement
               a. He doesn’t have to be told what to do
               b. He knows better than we know

     C. Jesus Responds To His Family
          1. Woman

NOTE: Jesus never addressed Mary as “mother” in the Bible

               a. Sign of respect
               b. Only twice in John is Jesus found speaking to Mary
          2. What have I to do with thee?
               a. Leave to Me
               b. He would act in His own way, at His time
          3. Mine hour is not yet come
               a. The hour to show He is Messiah
               b. Like Mary we often want a big earth shaking demonstration

     D. Jesus Always Works Through Servants vs. 5-7
          1. Whatsoever He says to you, do it
               a. We don’t know what He will do
               b. Servants
                    1) Diakonos – English word, minister, deacon
                    2) Those who in love serve others
               c. We are not to question
          2. We are to use means of purifying vs. 6
               a. Stone pots for washing hands and feet

NOTE: Six is the number of man

               b. Each holds 20 – 30 gallons
                    1) Total of up to 150 gallons
                    2) About 2400 servings of wine

NOTE: He always over supplies:
          a. More than enough wine (joy)
          b. Food left over at the feeding of the 5000
          c. The that cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst John 6:35

          3. The servants fill the water pots
               a. Nothing but water do they have
               b. To the brim – nothing else added

NOTE: All the servants have to give is water

T.S. GOD HAS PROMISED FOR US TO HAVE JOY:
          I. IN OUR MARRIAGE
         II. IN THE COMMON THINGS OF OUR LIFE

III. IN OUR TESTIMONY 2:8-10

     A. We Carry Our Own Testimony vs. 8

NOTE: We are a book only we, or God, can write on

          1. Duty is ours; events are God’s
          2. It is ours to fill the waterpots; it is His to make the water wine (joy)

NOTE: No record the servants hesitated or complained or questioned

     B. Christ Works Quietly Through Our Testimony
          1. He did not touch the water or water pots
          2. He did not command the water to be changed
          3. No excitement; no dramatic effect

NOTE: From the time water drawn, to poured out; transformation took place

     C. In Christ Our Joy Gets Better vs. 9-10
          1. Two worlds
               a. A law of this world – everything starts out good, then wears out

NOTE: The world gives the good first, then ends up with the dregs of bitterness and disappointment
          a. Houses
          b. Cars
          c. Relationships

               b. A law of God’s World

NOTE: The longer we serve Him, the sweeter He grows
          a. Starts good
          b. Keeps getting better

NOTE: The best yet is when He comes

          2. Good wine, well drunk, worse wine cf. joy vs. 10
               a. The pleasures of the world decrease in their enjoyment as one passes on through the years
               b. The pleasures of Christ increases with the years
               c. The world’s best wine (joy) is not as good as His wine (joy)

T.S. GOD HAS PROVIDED FOR US TO HAVE JOY:
          I. IN OUR MARRIAGE
        II. IN THE COMMON THINGS OF OUR LIFE
      III. IN OUR TESTIMONY

IV. IN OUR BELIEF 2:11-12

     A. The Beginning Of Miracles vs. 11
          1. The first miracle of Jesus
          2. Miracle- Greek – sign
               a. A sign points to something greater than the miracle itself
               b. God gives us joy out of the common water of life
          3. The Old Testament signs and the New Testament signs
               a. Moses, the founder of the Law, turned water into blood – law unto death
               b. Jesus, the Founder of Grace, turned water into wine – joy and gladness

     B. The Disciples Believed On Him vs. 11
          1. From trust in self to trust in Him

NOTE: They trusted their opinion of Him, not trusted Him

          2. Absolute surrender to His way with complete confidence

NOTE: Each miracle of Jesus in the Gospels gave occasion to a growth in faith or a growth in unbelief. No one is the same after facing Jesus.

     C. Then Joy Begins To Work At Home vs. 12
          1. Capernaum – His adopted hometown

NOTE: For the child of God, this world is not my home

          2. Not many days – before Jerusalem
               a. We don’t have many days
               b. We will go to the New Jerusalem

CONCLUSION

GOD HAS PROVIDED FOR US TO HAVE JOY:

I. IN OUR MARRIAGE

II. IN THE COMMON THINGS OF OUR LIFE

III. IN OUR TESTIMONY

IV. IN OUR BELIEF

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