“This beginning of miracles:” John 2:11-16
The last time I wrote on these Scriptures, my point was, Jesus’s age, (30), after Baptism, and Temptation. (As a child, I thought He was one also).
He had Disciples, Andrew, Peter, James, John. Phillip and Nathaniel.
He displayed Words of Knowledge, (He knew who would join Him, He saw Nathaniel under the fig tree).
Words of Wisdom, (He changed Peter’s name, He knew he would be a leader).
Discerning of Spirits, (Along with the Word of knowledge, He Discerned who would be Faithful).
The Disciples, had been following and learning of Jesus. They began to believe on Him, AFTER seeing the Working of the Miracle, of Water to Wine.
This was a manifestation of His Glory.
Today, we do not see the miraculous often in the Church. Much like in His home town, we are impressed, when a few sick folks are healed.
While He marvels at our UNBELIEF.
The Creator of all that has been created, and, we choose to believe He no longer does, or will do Miracles.
Somehow, we act as if, the best used by date, has past.
We believe He could, but not, that He would.
One other problem, it wasn’t yet, His time, but, Mom asked, so He delivered.
Some pray to Mary, expecting her to intercede, for us.
Missing the truth, that it is Jesus, who we must rely on. They miss the point, it is NOT WHO ASKED, that matters.
IT WAS THAT HE ANSWERED.
She demonstrated the Gift of Faith. He had not said He would do as she asked, while she told the servants to do as He directed.
He answered, because, HE SAW HER FAITH.
I question if He sees or recognizes, Faith in our lives. Do we act like we believe He will answer?
Do we know His will on the matter? Do we do what is needed to touch Him?
When the Disciples wondered why they could not cast out a demon. He answered, “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29
We hardly know how to pray, as for fasting? What, Denying ourselves? Not fashionable.
Fasting and Prayer:
The Psalmist, persecuted by his enimies, prayed for them.
“But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.”
Daniel, understanding, the Prophecy of Jeremiah, sought the Lord, declaring Israel’s sin.
“And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:”
Anna, a prophetess, an old woman, in the Temple, recognized the Son of God.
“And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.”
When you pray, do you wish to see results?
Do you understand God’s will? Are you walking in obedience?
To build His Church, we MUST, seek His Power. We MUST, know His Will. We MUST, Walk in Obedience.
“You have not, because you ask not.”
“Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.”
“And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
When 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,
And 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.
This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.”