I Saw The Sign – Stop Sign #1
Opening Scripture: John 2:11
We will be using the account for John 2:1-11 for this whole series for today I want to focus on 1 verse.
John 2:11 “11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.”
The purpose of this series is to help us see the sign, but not stop at the sign (a lot like your pastors driving skills) but recognize where the sign is telling you to Go.
A lot of us have seen the Signs all around the TWBC Facility for Next Steps and GroupLife. Don’t stop at it, go to it. Get involved in Next Steps and GroupLife.
This series is meant to be Practical. I hope you learn something new, but more than that, I want you to practically apply what we know.
It is not the amount of knowledge you have but the amount that you use.
You know what Ph.D. stands for – Piled Higher and Deeper but I want it to be Practical, Holy and Deliverable.
I want to live out my level of “Spirituality” by it be Practical, Holy and Deliverable not Piled, Higher and Deeper making me Pharisitical.
The Gospel of John is a very simplistically written book. In his writing in this verse he chooses a descriptive word that if you are only reading for knowledge, you’ll miss it. If you are reading for depth and to go deeper, it will stand out like a Stop Sign.
“This, the first of his signs”
Why does John use term ‘sign’ and not ‘miracle’?
The purpose of the Gospel of John is to express the heart of God. So, he uses the term sign because it points to something deeper, something more than what you are reading on the surface.
The challenge in the church today is we read about “Signs” and we stop at the sign. John is saying “Go” at the sign.
When you see the sign there is more to it than the sign.
Entrance Sign – For example an Entrance sign with no entrance is pointless. But when you see “Entrance” you know that you are about to transition from one place to the next.
Signs always point to something, there is a deeper meaning. John is saying “if you’ll look at this as a sign, not just a miracle, I’ll transition you to a deeper place.
This was the first of Seven Signs that John recorded about Jesus.
Jesus did more than seven miracles.
In fact, John said “25 Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. (John 21:25)
John pinpointed seven signs, seven being the number of completion, that Jesus did to point to who Jesus was.
Everything that God does for youis to point to who He wants to be to you.
If we only live at the level of what He does for us, we miss what the Sign is pointing to that He wants to be to us. Consequently, we will receive resource from Him and miss the Revelation of Him. (Repeat 3 times)
If our attachment is to the resource, we will always run out at some point. If our attachment is to the revelation of Him, we will never run out.
This is why we get so excited when God does as miracle for the first time, but we struggle with the same issue a second time. We got the miracle, but we missed the Sign.
John 2 – Water to Wine
John 4 - Healed a Royal Officials Son
John 5 – Pool of Bethesda Lame for 38 Years.
John 6 – Five Loves and Two Fish
John 6 – Walked on Water/The Storm
John 9 – Man Born Blind
John 11 – Lazarus Raised from the dead.
He used these Seven Signs to reveal things to you about who He is and his nature.
I Saw the Sign
John makes the statement after the tells us about the first sign. I could preach the next 3 months on all the new levels God want to take you to because of this sign and not scratch the surface.
- Six Ceremonial Stone Jars – Six the number of Man, Stone Jars referring to the heart of man
- Ceremonial washing – meaning the ceremonial rituals of the Old Covenant being replaced by the blood of Jesus and the New covenant.
- Water to Wine – Law into the Spirit
I believe the “Sign” for TWBC this morning happens in verse 3.
3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”
Weddings in those days lasted a week.
Weddings in those days were symbolic of how the husband would take care of his bride. Weddings in those days, if the expectations of the Mother-In-Laws were not met, she would have the right to bring a lawsuit.
The Sign: Jesus, having every opportunity to expose their shame decided to take it away.
John 1:29 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
He didn’t point to what they should have done to bring them shame, but he changed water to wine to take away their shame.
He didn’t tell the groom all he did wrong to prove His righteousness but turned water to wine to make the situation right. (Which is righteousness.)
This morning your “Stop Sign” is becoming a “Go Sign.”
Ask yourself “What am I out of?” that your Oscar Award performance is hiding.
It is time to “Go” to Jesus! Because when you are out of you, Jesus can give you Him.
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