LIFe with God: July 3-4

Posted on July 3, 2010

Scripture

John 2:1-25 (1) On the third day a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and (2) Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding as well. (3) When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother told Him, “They don’t have any wine.”

(4) “What has this concern of yours to do with Me, woman?” Jesus asked. “My hour has not yet come.”

(5) “Do whatever He tells you,” His mother told the servants. (6) Now six stone water jars had been set there for Jewish purification. Each contained 20 or 30 gallons.

(7) “Fill the jars with water,” Jesus told them. So they filled them to the brim. (8) Then He said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the chief servant.” And they did.

(9) When the chief servant tasted the water (after it had become wine), he did not know where it came from–though the servants who had drawn the water knew. He called the groom (10) and told him, “Everybody sets out the fine wine first, then, after people have drunk freely, the inferior. But you have kept the fine wine until now.”

(11) Jesus performed this first sign in Cana of Galilee. He displayed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him. (12) After this, He went down to Capernaum, together with His mother, His brothers, and His disciples, and they stayed there only a few days.

(13) The Jewish Passover was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. (14) In the temple complex He found people selling oxen, sheep, and doves, and He also found the money changers sitting there. (15) After making a whip out of cords, He drove everyone out of the temple complex with their sheep and oxen. He also poured out the money changers’ coins and overturned the tables. (16) He told those who were selling doves, “Get these things out of here! Stop turning My Father’s house into a marketplace!”

(17) And His disciples remembered that it is written: Zeal for Your house will consume Me. (18) So the Jews replied to Him, “What sign of authority will You show us for doing these things?”

(19) Jesus answered, “Destroy this sanctuary, and I will raise it up in three days.”

(20) Therefore the Jews said, “This sanctuary took 46 years to build, and will You raise it up in three days?” (21) But He was speaking about the sanctuary of His body. (22) So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this. And they believed the Scripture and the statement Jesus had made.

(23) While He was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many trusted in His name when they saw the signs He was doing. (24) Jesus, however, would not entrust Himself to them, since He knew them all (25) and because He did not need anyone to testify about man; for He Himself knew what was in man.

Observation

What does this passage teach about Christ’s concern for others, His zeal for His Father, and His authority and power?

Application

How do my attitudes toward others and my zeal for God line up with Christ’s? How do I respond to His instruction and correction in my life? What action steps can I take?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

“Lord Jesus, thank You for performing signs and wonders like the water to wine to reveal Your power over the physical world. Thank You for cleansing the Temple Complex to show how important reverence and worship to The Father are. Help me to catch Your zeal in that regard. I confess that You have all authority, in Heaven and on earth, and I ask that Your Spirit would help me recognize and submit to that authority in every area of my life. I rejoice that though wicked men destroyed Your body, You raised it up in three days, proving for time and eternity that You are Savior, Lord, and God!”

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

SATURDAY

  • Smith family
  • Danielle Youngblood and family
  • Janeth and Moy

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

SUNDAY

  • Franceine Anderson
  • Jenn Austring
  • Sher Brodoski

Missionary:

  • Lito Dictican, Port of Tacoma

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. – Romans 3:23

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