SIX WATERPOTS FILLED WITH BLESSINGS

17 Mar

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John 2:1-12

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus *said to Him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus *said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.” His mother *said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. Jesus *said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim.And He *said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him. 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 bridegroom, 10 and *said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother and His brothers and His disciples; and they stayed there a few days.

One day, Jesus, his mother, and his Apostles were all invited to a wedding. I imagine their reaction was typical of the way people get invited to weddings today. Jesus probably talked about what a fine man the groom was and Mary probably talked about how beautiful the bride would be.  And then of course, the Apostles looked forward to the wedding reception.

While there, they ate, drank, and celebrated with the young couple.  Suddenly, the wine gives out in the middle of the feast.  Mary turns to Jesus who turns to Master of Ceremonies.  Upon the instruction of Jesus, the MC leads the servants to bring out six waterpots filled with water. Again, at the instruction of Jesus, the Master of Ceremonies dips into the water and brings out the sweetest wine.

But you know what? Jesus always has that effect on everything.  He takes all of life and turns its bitterness into sweetness. He causes all things to work together for good to them that love Him. So, right now let us imagine that these six waterpots are before us. And let us put the experiences of life into them and see what Christ gives in return. \

1. WE PUT OUR SINS IN THE FIRST WATERPOT AND HE GIVES US SALVATION IN RETURN • He said to Nicodemus, “You must be born again.” He was simply saying, “Put all of your sins on Me and I’ll save you.”One of the reasons people have such a hard time accepting the free gift of salvation is just that. It’s free. People don’t believe that it’s as easy as asking. And to some degree it’s not. When you accept the salvation of Christ, you are literally saying you will submit to His Lordship. But there are no steps to take.  All you have to do is ask and you will receive.

2. WE PUT OUR PRAYERS IN THE SECOND WATERPOT AND HE GIVES US THE ANSWERS • Oh, how sweet is the privilege of prayer! Over and over God says, “Call on Me, call on Me.”  Yet it is the most untapped resource ever!  So often it’s a last resort and “I’ll pray for you is a catchphrase.”  But when we truly go to Jesus in prayer, it’s amazing what can happen.

3. WE PUT OUR PROBLEMS IN THE THIRD WATERPOT AND HE GIVES US GUIDANCE • We are living in a complex age. There are many problems facing us today. Life is not a simple thing anymore. We need a wisdom far beyond our own. Well, God has the wisdom and is ready to share it with us. • James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

4. WE PUT OUR SORROWS INTO THE FORTH WATERPOT AND RECEIVE COMFORT • Yes, life is filled with sorrow and trouble. But listen  to Psalm 55:22 – Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. ]

5. WE PUT OUR NEEDS IN THE FIFTH WATERPOT AND HE GIVES US HIS SUPPLY • Phil. 4:19 – And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

We have many needs, but God has everything and is ready to supply our needs.

6. WE PUT OUR FUTURE INTO THE SIXTH WATERPOT AND HE GIVES US HEAVEN • In Christ we have a hope. We can trust Him for all future and He will give us heaven. • Heaven will be wonderful, not only because of the things that will be there, but because of the things that won’t be there.

And the truth is that God’s blessings are unlimited. I have only named six of them. But you can put any trouble or concern in one of those waterpots and draw out God’s blessings in return.

Just give it a try!

 

 

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