More Than Meets The Eye

Study Guide, More Than Meets The Eye

More Than Meets The Eye

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About This Sermon Series

Year after year one of the most searched-for questions on Google is “Who is Jesus?” Whether we know it or not all of our deepest longings point us to the person who lived 2,000 years ago in Israel. The Gospel of John invites us to “come and see” who this Jesus is and how he is the one in whom we find life.

About this week’s sermon:

He is the most written-about figure in history. He is the most asked-about person on Google. Who is he? Jesus. And John’s Gospel account of Jesus certainly tells us about some of what Jesus did, but more than that, John wants us to see who Jesus is! Join us as we kick off this sermon series. Here we will truly come and see who Jesus is and how he changes our lives!

Icebreakers for Life Groups

  1. What is the most unique and memorable wedding you’ve ever been a part of? What made it such an unforgettable experience?
  2. What is one thing you want God to do in your life through Life Groups this season?

Let’s Read John 2:1-5

On the third day a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’s mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were invited to the wedding as well. 3 When the wine ran out, Jesus’s mother told him, “They don’t have any wine.” 4 “What has this concern of yours to do with me, woman?” Jesus asked. “My hour has not yet come.” 5 “Do whatever he tells you,” his mother told the servants.

Point 1 – Be willing to trust Jesus with my concerns.

In John 2, we are invited to witness a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Weddings are a blessed event, a time to unite two people and two families! And here Jesus makes His ministry debut. There was an epic problem at this wedding, however. They had run out of wine. A wedding with no wine in those days would have been like a southern picnic with no barbecue. Not only would it have been unheard of, but it probably would have been a black eye on the groom’s family for years to come.

Somehow this problem is quietly brought to Mary’s attention. We don’t know if someone told her, or if she found out on her own. What we do know is that when she knew there was a big problem that needed to be solved she knew exactly who she could go to with the problem. She went to her Son, Jesus. She had been told He would be the Messiah. We don’t know how she handled that information all of these years, but we do know that she was willing to put her trust in Him and that she was sure He would provide a way out of this situation. She told Him her concerns and left the rest to Him.

The beautiful part of this is that she instructed the servants to do whatever He told them to do. We may not know how Jesus is going to work things out in our lives. But we do know that if we trust Him with our concerns and do whatever He tells us, He will take care of our concerns.

Questions for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection

  1. What’s the first thing that you go to when you’re in need? Is it a person? Entertainment? Spending money?
  2. How often do you try to pick up and carry a problem that you have asked Jesus to take and carry? What would allow you to lay that concern at His feet and leave it there?
  3. Do you have people in your life who encourage you to do whatever Jesus tells you to do when you have a problem? Are you that person for others?

Continue reading John 2:6-8

6 Now six stone water jars had been set there for Jewish purification. Each contained twenty or thirty gallons. 7 “Fill the jars with water,” Jesus told them. So they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the headwaiter.” And they did.

Point 2 – Pay attention to how Jesus wants to make things right.

Mary came to Jesus to have the wine problem solved and she tells the servants to do whatever He says. In my mind, I’m thinking He’s going to hand them some coin and tell them to go to the market and pick up some good bottles of wine, or He’s going to say that He brought some wine with Him for a wedding present and they’re sitting in a cart outside, to go and get them. Instead, He says to them to fill the 6 purification jars with water. What?! They can’t run a hose to the jars and fill it from a tap. They have to go get water from somewhere and fill all of the jars. This seems tedious and like it has nothing to do with a wine shortage solution.

These servants had no way of knowing how on earth filling these jars with water was going to solve their wine problem, but they believed and they acted out of that belief. They did not do a halfway job. Scripture tells us that they filled the jars “to the brim.” Jesus wants us to do what He tells us to do the whole way, fully and completely. He doesn’t want us to do things half heartedly. We may not know how He’s going to make things right, but we know He will when we’re willing to obey Him fully.

So the servants filled the jars with water and now Jesus wanted the servants to take the water out and take it to the person that was in charge. That water may not have been turned into wine until the servants followed through with the instructions and took it over to the headwaiter. Sometimes we don’t see the miracles because we stop halfway through the process when the outcome we want doesn’t happen fast enough. Trust the process and watch how Jesus makes things right.

Questions for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection

  1. What is Jesus wanting you to do that requires work and effort on your part before He will do His part?
  2. When you ask God for help, do you “fill the jars to the brim,” or do you stop halfway? What do you think “halfway” obedience looks like? How can you push on to complete the job?
  3. In this miracle, Jesus took something common and familiar to the people and transformed it through His divine power. Have you ever seen God take something familiar and common for you and transform it for His glory and your benefit?

Continue reading John 2:9-12

9 When the headwaiter tasted the water (after it had become wine), he did not know where it came from—though the servants who had drawn the water knew. He called the groom 10 and told him, “Everyone sets out the fine wine first, then, after people are drunk, the inferior. But you have kept the fine wine until now.” 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him. 12 After this, he went down to Capernaum, together with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples, and they stayed there only a few days.

Point 3- Revelation and Participation are Interwoven

Jesus turned the water into wine with the participation of His mother, the servants and the headwaiter. He could have easily recognized that they were running out of wine and quietly solved the problem on His own, with no one being the wiser. But He chose to involve those around Him, so that they could see His glory and believe in Him.

We have to remember that Jesus had just recently called His disciples. Following Jesus wholeheartedly was still relatively new to them. He allowed them to experience what He could do, so they could believe He was who He said He was (see vs.11). God is not a god of blind belief. He gives us all kinds of opportunities to see His glory made manifest in the world around us. And, if we’re willing, He will use us in those stories.

We also see in these few verses that when Jesus does something, it is good. The wine was the best wine. Later in His ministry He restores sight to the blind man, completely. The lame jump up and walk and the lepers are cleansed completely. Jesus reveals His glory in complete ways, in perfect ways. He gives us good things.

Questions for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection

  1. In what ways is Jesus inviting you to trust Him and participate in the miracles He wants to do in your life?
  2. When was the last time that you saw the glory of Jesus revealed in your life? How did that experience impact your faith and your love for God (see vs.11)?
  3. How has studying this passage together impacted your prayer life and your daily walk with God?

About Our Current Sermon Series

Year after year one of the most searched-for questions on Google is “Who is Jesus?” Whether we know it or not all of our deepest longings point us to the person who lived 2,000 years ago in Israel. The Gospel of John invites us to “come and see” who this Jesus is and how he is the one in whom we find life.

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