Miracle of the New Birth
A Sermon on John 2:7-10
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” (ESV)
In this passage we see Jesus and His disciples at the wedding in Canaan. This begins the public ministry of Christ and here He performs His first miracle by turning water into wine. In this miracle, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains, Jesus shows that His ministry is supernaturally empowered by God. He demonstrates that He is aware of His mission as redeemer and savior by proclaiming to Mary that his time had not yet come. But he still does perform one of the most extraordinary miracles found anywhere in the New Testament. The act of transforming the water into wine shows that Jesus had power of creation, in a way this miracle is microcosm of the original creative act of God. Jesus has power over everything as the Son of God and He testifies to all of His power and divine calling. What can we learn from this? First, according to Dr. Lloyd-Jones, we should not be presumptuous and assume we know God’s plan as some did. We should not assume that God works according to our time tables, but we should see that God has a plan for all things that he will accomplish in His own time. Secondly, this passage should cause us to see the power and glory of Christ as both Creator and Savior.