Men’s Lunch Collective – Mark Horn
Read: John 2:1-11 NLT
Key Players in the Miracle
Advocate(s): Jesus’ mother clearly had a relationship of some sort with the bride and groom to be so concerned about the lack of wine as to take action to solving the problem. Do you have advocates in your life who can take your needs to Jesus? When we are in a place of need these people will come to our aid without hesitation or the need for prompting.
Assistant(s): The servants in this scene are assistants to Jesus’ miracle. They were obedient to earthly and heavenly authorities regardless of whether or not it made sense. These will be people who may or may not know Jesus. These are people that Jesus can utilize in your life to make a miracle happen even when they don’t understand it.
Announcer(s): The master of ceremonies testifies to the goodness of Jesus’ miracle even though he has no idea where the wine actually came from. Again, these people may or may know Jesus, the source, but they recognize the extraordinary and make it known to those around them.
Audience: The disciples play no role in the miracle other than those who stand by and watch Him work. However, what they witness changes them. They see the glory of Jesus revealed and the scripture says that they believed in Him because of it. There will always be those who witness the miracles from a distance, but still benefit like the guests and the couple in this story who have great wine to finish off their party.
Key Principles of the Miracle
Reflection: The most profound aspect of the water to wine miracle is the mountain of symbolism that is at play. It would take hours to fully unpack all of that. However, I believe that any miracle of God will always reflect His nature and serve as a sign pointing to Him as the source. The wedding symbolizes our relationship to Jesus. The wine represents new life, but also a replacement of the law of water with the covenant of blood. The lack of wine represents Israel’s spiritual state. The filling to the brim symbolizes that Jesus desires to give us life, and life to the full. The list goes on. How do the miracles you have experienced point back to, and reflect, the God who made them happen?
Reverberation: If we are not careful then we will begin to think that our miracle only effects us. The truth is that any miracle of God will have a ripple effect that touches lives way beyond us, even if they don’t see or know that God made it happen. I am willing to bet that people did not soon forget the wedding where the bridegroom served the best wine at the end of the party. When Heaven meets earth, and the miraculous takes place in our midst, many cannot help but be touched by its power.
Response: We can’t witness a miracle of God and be the same. The change could be minor, but there is no doubt a demand on our lives to change the way we think and live. The response is that of the disciples, which is to believe more deeply in Jesus and for our faith to grow. Every time we experience a miracle, no matter how big or small, we are summoned to a deeper knowledge of God’s powerful presence in our lives.
Men’s Evening Collective – Dale Bailey
The First Sign:
Genesis 1:1 Tells us that God created the heavens and the earth, and the spirit of God was hovering over it. In Revelation 12: 7-9 it tells us that there was a war in Heaven, and Satan and his angels were cast out of Heaven to the earth.
We humans live in a supernatural world. The supernatural does not live in a human world. The supernatural has always been. We were created in it. There are more things going on around us that we can’t see than we can see.
Supernatural is defined as a manifestation or event attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.
Miracle is defined as an event not explained by natural or scientific laws, such an event may be attributed to the supernatural.
The Supernatural is natural to God. This is how he operates. He can see in the future, we can’t.
The Grave Robber talks a lot about promptings and nudges by the Holy Spirit, and how one compliment, nudge or act of kindness can change someone’s life forever. Sometimes it is one nudge or a process with many steps or nudges before someone gets it.
God wants us blessed and wants us, in return, to bless those around us. He owns the process and he can do it however He wants. If we are in tune with the Spirit, and those promptings, then we get the chance to be part of the process. Our readiness could make the difference in being blessed or blessing others.
How do we become engaged in the process? How do we hear that still, small voice? I want to be ready, don’t you?
1.Expose those hidden sins. Sin separates us from God. Unforgiveness, Lust, Jealousy, Greed, Pride are sure ways not to hear God.
2.Ask God to open your eyes to see Him and your ears to hear Him. We have not because we ask not.
3.Spend time with your heavenly Father. You have to get off by yourself in His presence, worship Him and just hang out. Just begin to thank Him for all He does for you and He will hold you and begin to whisper things to you. When my wife calls me on the phone, with only one word I know it is her because I spend a lot of time with her. If a stranger calls I have no idea who it is. You learn to recognize His voice by spending time with Him. Do we get it right 100% of the time? No. That should never stop us, because a soul is worth more than an occasional, “I missed it.”
4.Start looking for those supernatural events in your own life. They are going on all the time? You just have to learn to recognize them. Once you begin to see them you will better sense His presence.
I want to be part of the process, don’t you? Begin blessing people by following those promptings and you could be the reason someone sees who Jesus really is.