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Sermon #1111

Keep My Commandments

A Sermon on John 2:1-11

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John 2:1-11 ESV NASB KJV
On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 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.” Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 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.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. (ESV)


During Jesus’s first miracle of turning water into wine, Mary tells the people there an important command which is still relevant today: “do whatever he tells you.” Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones speaks about this command in this sermon on John 2:1–11 and how Christians are to listen to this advice from Mary. He brings up the importance of the balance between God’s part and the Christian’s part of this command, which takes the form of His activities being lived out through His people. In order for this to be lived out in the Christian life, they must live in obedience to the commands of the Lord. They must listen for His still, small voice and pursue the things which draw them closer to Him. It is through this obedience to the Lord that they will experience Him working in their lives and be able to see firsthand His great promises, stepping into the new possibilities He brings. Through this sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages to realize the blessings which come through obeying God and to take the advice of Mary: to hear whatever the Lord says and to respond in wholehearted and unwavering obedience to Him.


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.