Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

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John 2:12-17 (KJV)  After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.  [13]  And the Jews’ Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,  [14]  And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:  [15]  And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;  [16]  And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.  [17]  And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

Mark 11:15-17 (KJV)  And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves;  [16]  And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.  [17]  And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

I passed a Church the other day that had a sign out front, and a bunch of people at it. The sign said:

Yard Sale Today”

As I passed that Church I wondered what Jesus would have thought of it.
Then I wondered what Jesus would think of our Church.

Do We Glorify God In All We Do?

If Jesus came into our Fellowship Hall on Sunday would He sit down and visit with us, or go about flipping tables and running people out? If He came into our Sunday School classrooms would He be pleased at what He heard. Would He hear us talking about the Lord and salvation and things that pleased Him? If Jesus came to our Church this Sunday would He empty the collection plates out of our hands, or would He see what we were doing as honoring God?

Everything that Jesus did honored God. This is what God would have us do – glorify Him FIRST. Put Him FIRST. The Scripture says:

1 Corinthians 10:31 (KJV) Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Jesus glorified God.
He did things not to show off, but to honor the Father Who sent Him.

The first thing Jesus did when He was baptized was go to a Wedding Feast and turn water into wine. People argue about what Jesus did at the Wedding Feast of Cana even today. I have had preachers tell me with a straight face that Jesus didn’t make wine, but He made grape juice. Jesus couldn’t make wine. After all, we as Baptists are historically teetotalers. That’s fine, but my Bible tells me that Jesus made wine. His mother Mary told Him:

John 2:3 “They have no wine”

The fact that Jesus turned water into wine is very important for several reasons.

  • First, I don’t think Jesus particularly wanted to make wine, but He glorified God when He obeyed His mother. The first Church EVER was and is the FAMILY. When God made Adam and Eve they were to come together and be ONE FLESH. They were to PROCREATE. Not just have sex for the feel goods, but God said multiply and fill the earth. God attached a blessing to obedience. Multiplying and filling the earth is a blessing. God made the Family. The Family is Man and Woman joined together making little men and women.

God has given us laws to live by in our families. Mary tells Jesus:

John 2:3 “They have no wine”

This was important to Mary – the mother of Jesus – because wedding feasts celebrated the union of one man and one woman. When she asked Jesus to do something about the wine situation she knew her Son could do what she asked.

  • Second, though Jesus said “Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come.” He moved to grant her wish. Why? He was obeying the Commandment of God. The FIFTH Commandment states:

Exodus 20:12 (KJV) Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

The Fifth Commandment recognizes marriage, and gives authority to the male and female who had a hand in making you. We are to honor our parents. Children are taught to be good citizens – and good Church members – at home. Mary tells Jesus “They have no wine”. Jesus will honor His mother because this is righteousness. The Bible declares:

Ecclesiastes 12:13 (KJV) … Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Jesus had the servants bring six stone water pots – each one capable of holding 20-30 gallons (by the way, that’s what a firkin is in the King James). Jesus told them:

Fill the water pots with water”

So they began the process of going to the well, drawing water, and painstakingly filling each pot with water. This took time.

There was no running water.
There was no water pressure.
There were no garden hoses, nor outside the home taps.
They had to fill these pots – 6 times – with between 120-180 gallons of water.
That’s a lot of water.

  • Third, Jesus shows Himself to be God – the God Who has power over creation – when He turns plain water into wine. After the water pots are full Jesus says:

Abracadabra!

No, I’m just teasing and checking if you’re paying attention. As soon as all the pots were filled Jesus said:

Draw out now, and bear it to the governor of the feast.

The ruler of the feast was in charge of refreshments. He tasted what was brought and said:

John 2:10 (KJV) … Every man at the beginning doth set forth good WINE; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good WINE until now.

Jesus Christ turned water into wine. The Greek οἶνος oinos means WINE. The same word is used by Jesus in:

Matthew 9:17 (KJV)  Neither do men put new WINE into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the WINE runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new WINE into new bottles, and both are preserved.

Jesus showed Himself to be Creator God when He turned water into wine. It was not grape juice. Neither do I think it to be the swill that people spike and manufacture today that they call WINE. People have taken this text and used it as a justification for drinking and drunkenness. The Bible forbids drunkenness. The Bible says:

Proverbs 20:1 (KJV)  Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

The Bible says in Ephesians 5:18 (KJV)  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

The Bible says 1 Corinthians 5:11 (KJV)  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a DRUNKARD, or an extortioner; with such a one no not to eat.

The Bible says 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (KJV)  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  [10]  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor DRUNKARDS, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Jesus turned water into wine, but He did not give it for anyone to get drunk on. But since I don’t want Jesus to come into this place and slap the Bible out of my hand I have to tell you what the text tells you. He turned water into wine. He gave that wine to people, to give to other people. Not to be abused, but to be used to celebrate BIBLICAL MARRIAGE.

Do We Glorify God In Our Churches?

After going to a wedding feast Jesus went to Church. When He got to Church He found something so disturbing that He had to stop it. People were not in Church to worship the Lord, but to make a buck. People were not in Church to pray and seek God’s face. They were there to fill their pockets.

There’s nothing wrong with money, and God wants you to make a living. He says:

2 Thessalonians 3:10 (KJV)   … if any would not work, neither should he eat.

Work is good. Earning a profit is good. But God’s house – His Church – gathers to worship Him.

We come together to pray to our Father.
We come together to love one another.
We come together to learn and grow by His truths.
When Jesus went to a wedding feast He gave them WINE to drink so they could celebrate.
When Jesus went to Church that day He gave them a WHIP to feel because they were NOT celebrating nor glorifying the right thing.

John 2:15-16 …. when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them ALL out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;  [16]  And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house a house of merchandise.

Jesus cleaned house that day.
The people were chased out.
The Priests were chased out.
The animals were chased out.

Jesus is not against PROFIT, but there is a greater PROFIT than money we need. We need God. We need to PROFIT by following and worshiping Him.

Mark 8:36-37 (KJV)  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  [37]  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

When we come to Church it is to gather together in His Name so that He will be in our midst. We want Jesus here with us. We want to feel His Presence, to hear His Word, to learn what He has said and live by it. We don’t want Jesus running through the Church with a whip.

At our Associational Meeting Monday night Brother Dale Ledbetter spoke of several local Churches having divisions and fighting in their midst. He asked the Association to pray for them. Let’s pray for Christ’s Churches where ever they might be. Let’s pray for our Church. Let’s pray that we always come together for the right reason. We are not here to make a profit. We are not here to fight or fuss. We are here to do as Scripture says:

Hebrews 10:24-25 (KJV)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  [25]  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

God’s House – His people – do not come together to sell God to others. We come together to worship Him. We come together to love the Lord our God. When the Evangelist Mark wrote of this event He recorded additional words from our Savior:

Mark 11:15-17 (KJV)  And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves;  [16]  And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.  [17]  And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Jesus took His Words from two Old Testament Passages:

Isaiah 56:7 (KJV) Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called a house of prayer for all people.

Jeremiah 7:11 (KJV) Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.

When we come together in God’s House for any reason other than to worship and glorify Him, when we gather to reject rather than highlight His Commandments, then we have become robbers and thieves. There is nothing wrong with Churches gathering together to raise funds for the needy, to help the destitute, to minister to the hurting. No, that’s not wrong. But it is horribly wrong to gather together to fill our own pockets.

We are here to worship the Lord.
We are here to honor our Savior.
We are here to magnify our God.
Let us do so with all our hearts!

May God touch your hearts with His Word!

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