The Heavenly Wine-Maker
Topic: Expository Scripture: John 2:1–2:11
The following study guide is to be used to discuss the Friday, September 27, 2019 sermon.
Introduction - We have seen a number of “firsts” in John’s gospel. We’ve seen the first time Jesus entered the story during John’s ministry. We’ve seen the calling of the first disciples. And now we see Jesus’ first miracle. But this miracle is a bit puzzling. Jesus doesn’t heal the sick or give sight to the blind or raise the dead. Instead, for his first miracle he makes . . . wine. And not just a little wine. He makes abundant wine. His first miracle raises many interesting questions which invite us to a deeper understanding of who Jesus is.
READ John 2:1-11
1. When Jesus’ mother brought up the situation with the wine, Jesus gave her what seems to be an unhelpful response. He calls her “woman” (a polite but formal term) and asks what it has to do with him. Why did Jesus respond this way? What reason does he give (v4)? What is he talking about? (Hint: read 1:29 and 13:1)
APPLICATION: We sometimes come to Jesus in prayer with needs and concerns that, while legitimate, are not central to his mission. In addition to praying for the basic needs of our lives, how might we also pray for God’s mission? What things could we pray for?
2. Jesus makes a LOT of wine! (And, yes, the Greek word refers to wine). Why was his first miracle making abundant wine for a wedding? (Hint: What do you know about wedding imagery in the New Testament?). (Another Hint: Read Joel 3:18; Amos 9:13; Isaiah 65:13)
APPLICATION: Imagine that non-Christian friend asked you, “Why are you a Christian?” What spiritual blessings in Christ might you point to as reasons for why it’s a joy to follow Jesus?
APPLICATION: The Bible describes the church’s relationship with Jesus as that of bride and bridegroom. How might that imagery affect how you relate to your local church?
3. Why do you think Jesus only allowed certain people (the servants and the disciples) to see this first miracle?
APPLICATION: How did you come to believe in Jesus? How did you first “see his glory”?
APPLICATION: Who are you praying for to come to see the glory of Jesus? Share it with your life group and take some time to pray for those loved ones to see the glory of Jesus.