Chapter 2 of John continues to show the deity of Christ! I do not know about you, but when I read the first few verses of John 2, I literally laugh out loud. I am amazed at what transpires. Mary and Jesus, along with His disciples are at a wedding. At the reception, they run out of wine and Mary calls for Jesus. “When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you,” John 2:3-5. Mary seems to ignore what Christ says and gets things in motion for Christ to do the miraculous. Christ listens to the command of his earthly mother and does what she says. Could this be an example of obeying the 5th Commandment – honor your father and mother? I am not sure….But what I do know is that turning the water into wine is the first miracle preformed by Christ, and it has a very particular purpose.
In John 2:11, 22 and 23, we see the purpose of the miracles: to believe that Christ is the Son of God, Messiah! The miracle was not just for people to have wine to drink. The miracle, like all the miracles preformed by Christ, were a clear demonstration that Christ was no ordinary man. He was the Son of God who had the power over all Creation. Remember our discussion in John 1. All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made! John was calling people to BELIEVE that Christ is the Messiah sent to save the world.
Today, we are given that same message. We must BELIEVE that Christ is our Savior and Lord. “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and BELIEVE in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one BELEIVES and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God. We must believe that He came to the earth and lived a sinless life. We must believe He died unjustly at the hands of sinners even when He did not deserve death. We must believe that after 3 days He was raised from the dead! In short, we must believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Only if we believe can we be saved.
Who is Jesus to you?
Who is Jesus to you? The answer to this question determines your identity – sinner or saint! John knew who Jesus was and we must know who Jesus…“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,” John 1:29. He is the One who takes away our sin and to whom we must submit our lives!