LAKEVIEW MISSIONARY CHURCH
Weekly Update for September 22, 2021
"A FAITHFUL UPGRADE"
“What iPhone is that?” people used to ask me. Honestly, I could never tell them. A previous job provided an iPhone for me since I worked from home. I didn’t remember which phone I had and I didn’t keep up with the latest phone and which one I had. People would ask me which iPhone I had because they knew that each new edition was improved with a better camera, increased memory, faster processor, and fun new gadgets.
God sending his Son Jesus Christ into the world was a big upgrade and improvement to the Jewish people. This began at a wedding celebration in the gospel of John, but before the wedding celebration we must remember what God had promised thousands of years earlier.
God had told Abraham, “in you all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Genesis 12:3, NASB). Later God told King David that, “I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you . . . I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me” (2 Samuel 7:12-14). Those two prophecies predicted a future change for the nation of Israel. All of this would be fulfilled in the Messiah—God’s anointed one—who would be a descendant of Abraham and David.
The Jews would have to wait for that change. They wandered through the desert (Exodus), tried to take their promised land (Joshua), experienced a sharp disagreement among the tribes that led to a split of their land (2 Kings), and were conquered and taken away to foreign countries (2 Chronicles) while waiting for God to fulfill his promise.
But God is faithful. God displayed his faithfulness with the first miracle of Jesus in the gospel of John. Jesus, his mother, and his disciples were at a week-long wedding celebration and there was no more wine (a standard part of Jewish wedding celebrations). The groom would face severe embarrassment for such an oversight.
Jesus stepped in to help. There were six waterpots nearby that were normally used for Jewish purification. The Jews would wash their hands before and after meals with these waterpots as part of the Jewish law. Jesus took these Jewish waterpots and used them for something new. Jesus asked the servants to put water into the waterpots, then take them to the headwaiter (John 2:1-8). Before the pots arrived to the headwaiter of the wedding Jesus transformed the water into wine (John 2:9-10). The apostle John tells us that this event was the “beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him” (John 2:11).
This was the first of seven “sign miracles” recorded in the gospel of John. As the first sign miracle it showed how God was faithful to do what he promised to Abraham (2,000 years later) and what he promised to David (1,000 years later).
The awaited Messiah had arrived. He fulfilled the Jewish Law, began the age of grace, and therefore gave an upgrade to their lives as believers. Christianity was an advance over Judaism. When the headwaiter realized there was plenty of good wine left for the wedding celebration he told the groom, “You have kept the good wine until now” (John 2:10).
God was faithful and kept his promise to give the best gift ever at the appropriate time: his Son.