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Sermon #1113

Miracle of the New Birth

A Sermon on John 2:7-10

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John 2:7-10 ESV NASB KJV
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 …

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Sermon Description

Who is Jesus? As seen in the Scriptures, Jesus is no mere man and is much more than can be imagined. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from John 2:7–10 where the question of the identity of Jesus is at the forefront. Jesus has power to perform great signs and miracles and performs them to show the world His divine power over all of creation. Jesus not only has power over the physical world, but also the spiritual world. Jesus not only turns water to wine, but also changes dead sinners into living children of God. Jesus as the Son of God gives new life because He is the water of life. To be a Christian is to believe in Jesus for salvation; it is to trust Him wholly and completely. The person of Jesus forces all to ask the question: “am I trusting in Him?” Christians cannot have a neutral attitude toward Him. Jesus is divisive because He is the true and better Adam that has come to redeem sinners and set them free from all sin. The sermon calls all to believe and hope in Jesus Christ for their salvation.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Jesus is present at a wedding in Cana.
  2. Jesus' mother Mary tells him that the wine has run out.
  3. Jesus rebukes his mother, saying "Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come."
  4. Mary tells the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them.
  5. Jesus turns water into wine.
  6. This is Jesus' first miracle, and it reveals his glory. His disciples believe in him.

  7. We must focus on Jesus himself, not just his teachings or miracles. Christianity is about a relationship with a person.

  8. Jesus knew people's thoughts and was concerned for them. He corrects us for our good.
  9. Jesus' power is shown through this miracle. He can do the impossible.
  10. Mary knew Jesus' power but was presumptuous in telling him what to do. Jesus rebuked her.
  11. Mary is worthy of honor as Jesus' earthly mother but is just a woman. She has no influence over Jesus' saving work.
  12. We should not pray to Mary or see her as an intermediary. That detracts from Jesus as the only mediator.
  13. We are often presumptuous like Mary, telling Jesus what to do and when. But he acts in his own time and way.
  14. We must wait patiently for Jesus and do whatever he says. Blessed are those who wait for him.

The Book of John

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.