Glory Revealed October 2
Think About It … • Why are people interested in miraculous or supernatural events? Some people might try to use Jesus as an ATM or a 911 operator. Today we look at why it is essential that we know Jesus as more than a miracle worker.
Listen for a wedding emergency. John 2:1-5 (NIV) 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.  When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."  "Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied. "My time has not yet come."  His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."
Understand Jesus’ Mission • Who was at the wedding? • Mary points out to Jesus that they have run out of wine. What was Jesus response? • Why do you think she got Jesus involved? • What did she do to demonstrate trust and understanding that He was more than merely the Son she had raised?
Understand Jesus’ Mission • Why do we find it difficult to sometimes place our needs in Jesus’ hands and trust Him to do what is best? • Mary knew her son well, loved Him dearly. What does that suggest to us about trusting Him like she did?
Understand Jesus’ Mission • Jesus was a guest at this wedding. How can we invite Jesus to be an honored guest at all our life events? • How does understanding Jesus’ mission help you see Him as more than a miracle worker or emergency responder? • What difference should this make in your prayers, attitudes and actions?
Listen for a quality miracle. John 2:6-10 (NIV) Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.  Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim.  Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet." They did so,  and the master of
Listen for a quality miracle. the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside  and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."
Experience Jesus’ Power • What details do we learn about the water jars? • Let’s note the commands and the responses. • What would be physically difficult about obeying Jesus’ commands? Why? • What would be emotionally or psychologically difficult about Jesus commands? Why?
Experience Jesus’ Power • What benefits did the servants receive from following Jesus’ command? • What commands does Jesus give us that seem difficult? What are benefits of obeying these commands?
Listen for results of the miracle. John 2:11 (NIV) This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. … 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. … 1:18 No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.
See Jesus’ Glory • What were the different understandings of who was responsible for the wine? • According to the passage, what were the results of this miracle? • Why do you think Jesus did not correct the MC and the bridegroom and let it be known that He had done it?
See Jesus’ Glory • What qualities of God do you think weighed heavily and shone brightly to the disciples as they observed Jesus? • The disciples believed. What things has Jesus accomplished in your life that have increased your faith in Him? • How should we respond to these revelations of God’s glory?
Application • Family events such as weddings are personal and social celebrations, but they also should be sacred occasions • When Jesus becomes involved in our life events, something special and unexpected can happen • Invite Jesus’ special presence and power to your events this week
Application • It is easy to be unaware of the miracles that go on about us. • Following Jesus opens up our lives to special and exciting blessings • Look for God at work in your daily life – He’s there!
Application • God revealed His glory in the person of Jesus, His one and only Son • The disciples faith had an initial start, but it grew as they saw Jesus’ ongoing ministry • Allow God to dynamically grow your faith each day
Glory Revealed October 2