Sermon Transcript – Do Whatever He Tells You To Do

Series C – Second Sunday After the Epiphany – Sunday, January 17, 2016 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

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We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:29the holy Gospel According to Saint John
0:31Chapter 2 verses 1 through 11. on the
0:35third day there was a wedding at Cana in
0:37Galilee and the mother of Jesus was
0:40Jesus also was invited to the wedding
0:42with his disciples and when the wine ran
0:45out the mother of Jesus said to him they
0:47have no wine and Jesus said to her woman
0:50what does this have to do with me my
0:53hour has not yet come
0:54his mother said to the servants do
0:56whatever he tells you now there were six
0:59Stone water jars there for the Jewish
1:01rights of purification each holding
1:03about 20 or 30 gallons and Jesus said to
1:07the servants filled the jars with water
1:09and they filled them up to the brim and
1:11he said to them now draw some out take
1:14it to the master of the feast so they
1:16took it
1:17when the master of the feast Taste of
1:19the water now become wine and did not
1:22know where it came from though the
1:24servants who had drawn the water knew
1:26the master of the feast called the
1:28bridegroom and said to him everyone
1:30serves the good wine first and when
1:33people have drunk freely then the poor
1:36wine but you have kept the good wine
1:39until now this is the first of his signs
1:42Jesus did at Cana in Galilee and
1:45manifested His glory and his disciples
1:47believed in him
1:50in the name of Jesus
1:54Epiphany we are in the season of
1:56epiphany and Epiphany means
1:58manifestation and Jesus is manifesting
2:01who he is this is dangerous work by the
2:04way for the Son of God and so we come to
2:07this text which on a first reading you
2:10sit there and go
2:11why did John record this passage I don’t
2:17get it I don’t understand it yeah I’ve
2:20actually wrestled with this text many
2:22years I’ve wrestled with this text and
2:24thought what am I supposed to do with
2:26this I mean Jesus turns water into wine
2:29you got kind of the whole awkward
2:32exchange between him and his mom and
2:36never was really able to start to put it
2:38together until I began to see in this
2:42text that there were well fulfillments
2:45that John is pulling on certain Old
2:48Testament types and themes and so we’re
2:52going to take a crack at our text today
2:54and we’re going to unpack it and look at
2:57it in light of its typological
2:59significance and it’s pointing to Christ
3:01his crucifixion the bride of Christ and
3:06kind of all the different themes and
3:08believe me when I tell you I’m not even
3:09going to come close to pull them all out
3:13this is if you would a little bit more
3:16in depth than a 10 000 foot overview but
3:19still I I fear that I may not be doing
3:22this full Justice
3:24so let’s return back to our text I’ll be
3:26reading from the ESV today and here’s
3:29what it says on the third day there was
3:32a wedding at Cana in Galilee and the
3:35mother of Jesus was there Jesus was also
3:38invited to the wedding with his
3:40disciples we’ll pause there for a second
3:42on the third day man there are so many
3:48important things happening in scriptures
3:51well on third days if you would this is
3:54a major theme this is like writ large
3:58pay attention there’s something going on
4:00in this text and it’s huge let me just
4:03give you a couple of passages as well
4:05cross references to start kind of
4:07teasing out this third day theme Genesis
4:10chapter 3 10-13 we read this about the
4:15third day watch this God said let the
4:18Earth Sprout vegetation plants yielding
4:21seed fruit trees bearing fruit in which
4:23is their seed each according to its kind
4:25on the earth and it was so and the Earth
4:28brought forth vegetation plants yielding
4:31seed according to their kinds and the
4:33trees bearing fruit and which is their
4:35seed each according to its kind God saw
4:38that it was good and then there was
4:40evening and there was mourning on the
4:43third day
4:45yeah so on the third day is the day in
4:48which God brought forth the very well
4:51grape Vines
4:52that make wine so something going on
4:56there you say you’re going is that all
4:58you got no I got more let’s continue
5:01we’ll take a look at Hosea chapter 6
5:04verses one through two here’s what it
5:06says come let us return to the Lord for
5:10he has torn us that he may heal us he
5:13has struck us down and he will bind us
5:16up and after two days he will revive us
5:19and on the third day
5:21he will raise us up that we may live
5:24before him
5:26or the Gospel of John Chapter 2 starting
5:29at verse 13 immediately after this
5:31pericope same chapter listen to this the
5:34Passover of the Jews was at hand and
5:36Jesus went up to Jerusalem in the temple
5:38he found those who were selling oxen
5:40sheep and pigeons and the money changers
5:42sitting there and making a whip of cords
5:45he drove them all out of the temple with
5:47the sheep and The Oxen and he poured out
5:49the coins on the money changers and
5:50overturned their tables and he told
5:52those who sold the pigeons take these
5:55away do not make my father’s house a
5:58house of trade and his disciples
6:00remembered that it was written Zeal for
6:03your house will consume me so the Jews
6:06said to him what sign do you show us for
6:08doing these things Jesus answered them
6:11destroy this Temple and then three days
6:14I will raise it up the Jews said it’s
6:17taken 46 years to build this Temple and
6:21you’ll raise it up in three days
6:24but he was speaking about the temple
6:27of his body
6:29scripture teaches there’s significant
6:32things happening on third days very
6:36important things tuck that away we’ll
6:39use it again in a little bit
6:42next the passage continues when the wine
6:46ran out the mother of Jesus said to him
6:50they have no wine and Jesus said to her
6:55here it is boy this is an awkward moment
6:57for us woman what does this have to do
7:00with me
7:03yeah now see here’s kind of the thing
7:05and there’s a little bit of debate on
7:08in the culture of the time
7:12it is very likely that Jesus saying to
7:16his mother calling her woman is not
7:20disrespectful but is actually
7:24well very respectful cultures change and
7:28so in our culture if my son were to call
7:32my wife his mother woman well I’d
7:36probably take offense
7:38but Jesus never has broken the fourth
7:40Commandment and so it’s fascinating here
7:43that he uses this term of Honor not
7:47and says woman what does this have to do
7:50with me now remember Third Day important
7:52things happening Third Day something’s
7:54going on the wedding has run out of wine
7:59which is kind of important too
8:02we’ll tease that out in just a minute
8:06Mary comes to Jesus he says woman what
8:09does this have to do with me
8:12there’s another time in the Gospel of
8:14John where Jesus
8:16calls Mary woman I want you to hear it
8:20Gospel of John chapter 19 verses 25
8:24through 27. while Jesus is being
8:27crucified but standing by the cross of
8:30Jesus where his mother and his mother’s
8:32Sister Mary the wife of clopus and Mary
8:35Magdalene when Jesus saw his mother and
8:37the disciples whom he loved standing
8:39nearby he said to his mother
8:44behold your son
8:47then he said to the disciple
8:49behold your mother and from that hour
8:51the disciple took her to his own home
8:55so there’s something going on here Third
8:59Day water turned to Wine
9:03washing water that’s what this water’s
9:07for washing water turned into
9:10wedding wine
9:13not just any wine wedding wine
9:18so there’s something going on here woman
9:21what does this have to do with me Jesus
9:23continues my hour has not yet
9:27well Jesus can only be referring to one
9:31when Jesus talks about his hour coming
9:33what is that hour
9:38it’s the hour of his death the thing for
9:41which he came
9:42the thing he came to do to bleed and to
9:46die for our sins it seems so out of
9:49place here in this text my hour has not
9:54yet come
9:56referring to his death
10:01and it’s from these words that now marry
10:06apparently has the signal from Jesus
10:09that he’s going to do something my hour
10:12has not yet come referring to Jesus’s
10:14death and then the last recorded words
10:19of Mary of Nazareth
10:22his mother said to the servants
10:26do whatever he tells you
10:28do whatever he tells you these are good
10:33these are important words what Mary has
10:36to say to us is very important to
10:39whatever Jesus tells you
10:42if he says repent be baptized for the
10:45Forgiveness of your sins
10:46to whatever he tells you
10:48if he says that the work of God is to
10:51believe in the one whom the father has
10:54do whatever he tells you
10:57if he tells you take eat this is my body
11:00broken for you for the Forgiveness of
11:02your sins
11:03do whatever he tells you if he says take
11:07this is my blood of the New Covenant
11:10shed for you for the Forgiveness of your
11:14sins do
11:16whatever he tells you
11:18Jesus seems to know what he’s doing
11:21and now the typology and the symbols
11:24start to stack up
11:27passage goes on to say
11:29now there were six Stone water jars
11:32there for the Jewish Rites of
11:34purification each holding 20 or 30
11:42it’s a lot of water
11:45what’s this all for
11:47Jewish purification rights rights of
11:52purification related to what
11:55the law of Moses
11:58the law
11:59so here we’ve got six not Seven
12:03Stone jars
12:07making an illusion back to the Ten
12:10Commandments the law of God chiseled on
12:14stone tablets and notice it says six
12:17jars not seven
12:19and this is important because the six
12:22here well you could talk about the six
12:25days of work but what’s missing is the
12:27seventh day the seventh is the day of
12:32and Jesus is our Sabbath rest so there’s
12:35all kinds of themes this are just
12:38teeming In this passage
12:41again it’s hard to do it justice
12:43so they had six Stone water jars and
12:47keep this in mind the law of Moses
12:49cannot truly save us see you can think
12:54of it this way water in the stone jars
12:57is really capable of only cleansing the
13:01outside but not getting down into the
13:03heart the scripture says that wine makes
13:06the heart glad you see you don’t party
13:10with water used for purification rights
13:14wine parties well wedding parties are
13:18celebrated with wedding wine
13:20so there’s another a whole other theme
13:22going on there as well
13:24so now there were six Stone jars there
13:27for the Jewish rights of purification
13:29each holding 20 or 30 gallons Jesus said
13:32to the servants and watch this this is
13:34fascinating servants know what’s going
13:36on the lowest and the lowly not the high
13:39and the Mighty the lowest and the lowly
13:41said to the servants fill the jars with
13:45and they filled them up to the brim
13:48and he said to them now draw some out
13:50and take it to the master of the feast
13:53and see Jesus Takes the water in the
13:56stone jars filled to the brim
14:00totally full
14:02and it turns into
14:08very fascinating you could say that
14:10Jesus himself
14:13is the one who fills all of the
14:16requirements of the law to the brim this
14:19is pointing to Jesus in a fascinating
14:21way so draw some of it out take it to
14:23the master of the feast so so they took
14:25it and when the master of the feast
14:27tasted the water now become wine and did
14:30not know where it came from though the
14:32servants who had drawn the water they
14:34knew they knew
14:37kind of reminds you by the way wine here
14:41is a sign it’s a symbol of Future Hope
14:46in scripture Isaiah 25 verse 6 talks
14:49about it this way on this mountain
14:51Yahweh the Lord of hosts
14:55will make for All Peoples a feast of
14:59rich food a feast of well-aged wine of
15:05rich food full of Morrow of aged wine
15:08well refined
15:12yeah wine is a symbol
15:15of the Hope to come
15:18and here just like in Isaiah 25 6 well
15:24aged wine this is stuff that you know
15:27the wine magazines if they were to rate
15:29this wine it would be scoring 98 99
15:33almost a perfect 100 I mean that’s what
15:36we’re talking about not really cheap one
15:39no no no no this is this is not
15:43this is not Mogan David this is
15:45something else right so the master of
15:48the feast he calls the bridegroom and he
15:50said to him Hey listen everyone serves
15:53the good wine first
15:56and when the people have drunk freely
15:59you can literally kind of translate this
16:01as have had a little bit too much to
16:03drink they’re pretty happy they’re
16:06flying high right then you bring out the
16:09poor wine after their taste buds are
16:12but you
16:14you have kept the good wine the best
16:19until now
16:21and that’s and that’s another key phrase
16:24think of it this way as God’s revelation
16:29right it’s God’s revelation unfolds God
16:34Saves the best wine
16:36Christ himself his blood shed for us for
16:40the Forgiveness of our sins he saves it
16:42till the last you see
16:46the law is incapable of providing the
16:50wine really for the wedding Feast at all
16:54it doesn’t provide the wine it would run
16:56out it’s would fall woefully short like
16:59each and every one of us does but see
17:01God is the one who supplies the wine for
17:04the wedding feast
17:06and he saves the best until last and
17:10that’s his son Jesus Christ come for you
17:14to die and bleed for you
17:18suffer your punishment on the cross so
17:21that you can be pardoned and have peace
17:23with God God Saves the best wine
17:27till the last and then the text ends
17:29with these words
17:31this the first of the signs Jesus did at
17:35Cana in Galilee and manifested there’s
17:39the word the epiphany of his glory
17:42and his disciples believed in him his
17:45disciples believed this was the first
17:47sign in fact
17:49the Gospel of John contains Seven Signs
17:55regarding Jesus that are written so that
17:58we can believe the seven signs are the
18:01first the changing of the water into
18:03wine the second the healing of the royal
18:07officials son in chapter four
18:10number three the healing of the
18:12paralytic at Bethesda
18:14four the feeding of the five thousand in
18:17chapter six also in chapter six Jesus
18:21walking on the water that’s the fifth
18:23sign the sixth sign the healing of the
18:25man born blind in chapter nine and seven
18:29the raising of Lazarus from the dead
18:32seven full signs of the seven days of
18:36the first week of creation
18:39but then John gives us an eighth sign an
18:43eighth sign the first sign of the new
18:46creation that took place on the third
18:50Jesus’s resurrection from the grave
18:53there’s so much going on here and it’s
18:58just teeming and it’s hard to tease it
19:01all out and just when you think you’ve
19:03exhausted it you find five more but
19:06that’s what’s going on in this text
19:08these signs this is a sign so that you
19:11will believe and all of the typology now
19:14being pulled in from the old Covenant
19:16and the law as well as the eschaton and
19:19the future wedding Feast of the Lamb all
19:21of that is just packed into this short
19:25little pericope
19:27of the of the miracle the sign the
19:31manifestation of Jesus’s Glory at the
19:34wedding feast in Cana of Galilee
19:38so let me leave you with these thoughts
19:41the very thoughts that John gives
19:43at the end of his gospel as to why these
19:45things are written he writes this in
19:47John chapter 20 verses 30 and 31. now
19:50Jesus did many other signs
19:53in the presence of the disciples which
19:56are not written in this book
19:58but these things are written so that you
20:01might believe that Jesus is the Christ
20:04the son of God
20:06and that by believing you too might have
20:10life in his name
20:13that’s why Jesus changed the washing
20:17into wine that’s
20:20well and how that’s why all of this is
20:22pointing to what we find in the
20:24baptismal font the washing water of the
20:27Forgiveness of sins the wine that we
20:30in our Lord’s Supper for the Forgiveness
20:33of our sins
20:34and having believed in him
20:37having believed that this Jesus has come
20:40to die and rise again on the third day
20:46so that we might have life we do have
20:49we are believing in the promises of God
20:53believing that we have life life eternal
20:56in his name forever and ever
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