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Beauty from Ashes

Book of John

A Sermon on John 2:9-10

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)

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Christians are promised the great celestial blessings of the Lord. Are they living in light of the promises of these blessings? Are they drinking from the rivers of the Lord’s grace and goodness? In this sermon from John 2:9–10 titled “Beauty from Ashes,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones talks about the blessings of the Lord and what they look like. He begins by focusing on the character of these blessings, which is that they are always good and pure. Dr. Lloyd-Jones then goes on to show what these blessings do for God’s children. The Christian often does not think about how these blessings show the desperate condition of need and dependence upon the Lord. These blessings do not come through anything Christians have done to deserve them, but as a free gift from the Lord. Their righteousness is but filthy rags but when they thirst after Him, in His grace and mercy, the Savior brings beauty from filthy rags and fills with His blessings of eternal life and His fullness. When the Christian receives these blessings, not only will they know, but those around them will see what only God can do in bringing beauty from the ashes.

Additional Scripture Translations

John 2:9-10, New American Standard Bible

9Now when the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter *called the groom, 10and *said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the guests are drunk, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”

John 2:9-10, King James Version

9When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, 10And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.