Flip Flop - The Marriage Flip
Scripture Ref: John 2:1-8 (NIV)
This series is entitled “Flip Flop”. One of the biggest trends in America right now is flipping houses. Where someone has the ability to look at a place that looks trashed and needs to be torn down and make it into something desirable.
Jesus does the same thing throughout the scripture; he takes what looks like a Flop of a situation and Flips it.
The impact of this series is for us to see those people and situations around us with the eyes of faith to “Flip it”!
There is something that happens when you “Flip it”. You move out of Theology (Knowledge) and get you into Authority (Experience).
A wedding that had no more “wine”. This again is a huge faux pas in the early Jewish culture. Let’s look at a wedding during this time. The groom makes a marriage contract with the bride’s family. What this means is that he (groom) has went into an agreement to say that I will take care of the bride, your daughter for the rest of her life. A wedding normally lasts 3-10 days in that time and you say that you are going to take care of her, and you foul it up in the first week. I find this very interesting that Mary comes to Jesus about this, could they have had some sort of relation to the groom? Whatever the case, there is no more wine…
Not My Concern…
Jesus responds is right to the point, don’t involve me. Looking at this Jesus seems to not care at bout the situations, or does he? There may be 2 ways to look at this, he is saying that if I do anything in this situation then everything changes for me. Up until this moment Jesus hadn’t done any public miracles. So, could he be saying to Mary, this does nothing for you, but it will change everything about me? Let’s look at this from Mary’s point of view, if their family was directly involved with the groom, this could have brought disgrace to the family. Guys this is huge, really huge in this time. Mary was in a place of total desperation. She went to the only one that she knew could be a solution. Don’t knock Mary here, how many of us only wait to a place of total desperation before we call on the name of Jesus. Webster describes “desperation” like this, A state of despair, typically one which results in rash or extreme behavior. We all have been there at one point or another, either personally within our own lives of around someone in this situation. How many of us have had someone come and ask for money when they are at the point of losing something?
The Real Concern Here
This is not Jesus wedding!!!!! Look at a traditional Jewish wedding, no office to any ladies here. In the time of Jesus, the wedding was all about the groom! The groom would make a contract with the parents of the bride and pay a dowry. The groom would then leave for about a year to go and prepare a home for the bride. Then the groom will come back for his bride at about midnight with a wedding party and they would celebrate and have a good time for about 10 days. In our western culture, weddings have been made about the bride (Bridzilla, Say yes to the dress, Bride by design, Bride prejudice, Bride by Design, Here comes the Bride, etc.). The groom has 1 job at a wedding today, SHOW UP. We don’t even get to keep our suit, we gotta take it back in 7 days……
This is not Jesus wedding! John 2:4 ……My hour has not yet come. The significance of this is huge. First, lets look at the miracle that took place, there were 6 stone jars available to use as they were for ceremonial washing. The significance of the 6, it’s the number of “man”. Man was created on the 6thday in creation. In this text, the 6 jars represent man and that they are stone, was the heart of man. By turning the water into wine from the stone jars, God wants to turn your heart of stone to flow with the wine of his Spirit. Ezekiel 36:26 ESV 26. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Jesus wants to give us life again. Turning our hearts of stone to flesh again.
My hour has not yet come….
Here is the connection that we need to see that Jesus is preparing for his wedding, but here in Cana, this is not it. Mark 14:12-15 NKJV 12. Now on the first day of Unleavened bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?” 13. And He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. 14. Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ 15. “Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us.”
The wedding in Cana had 6 stone jars, here in this text, the disciples were to look for a man carrying a stone jar of water. 6+1=7, number of perfections. Now he says, My hour has come. Time is now for Jesus to prepare for a wedding. This text is the prelude to going into the Last Supper, but the Last Supper is a pre-marriage celebration. We celebrate the Last Supper in remembrance to the sacrifice that was made on our behalf thru Jesus dying for us, dying in our place. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The Passover is what Israel celebrates to remember God bringing them out of captivity under the rule of Egypt and Pharaoh. We celebrate the Passover in communion today remembering what Jesus did in our place. In Jewish customs, there is more to it than what we even know. There are 4 cups that the Jews use during their celebration of Passover. This is found to be 4 promises that God made to them. Each promise is represented by a cup. Exodus 6:6-7
I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. 2. I will rescue you from your slavery in Egypt. 3. I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgment. 4. I will claim you as my own people and I will be your God. These 4 cups of promise, as they are called, bridged ancient history with yet-to-come future. It’s like celebrating Independence Day, a time to remember when God brought them out of slavery and into freedom, redemption and fulfillment.
The Marriage Flip
The last cup is one that most Jews event to this day will not take part as they feel that they will take it with Jesus after his return.
Mathew 26:29 NIV 29.I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.
I will be your God and you will be My people. That is huge! God has made a promise that when we come to him thru Jesus, we are now His people.
We got the marriage in Cana and we have the Last Supper with the four cups of promises that God made but where is the FLIP?
Revelation 19:1-8 (Passion version) 1. After this I heard what seemed to be the roar of a great multitude of voices, saying; Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power to our God!
- All his judgments are right and true, for he has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality. He has avenged on her the blood of his loving servants.”
- And again they showed; “Hallelujah! The smoke from her destruction goes up forever and ever!”
- The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell facedown and worshiped God, who sits on the throne, saying in agreement:
- Then a voice came from the throne, saying “Praise our God, all you his loving servants and all who reverence and honor him. Those who are lowly and those who are great!”
- Then I heard what seemed to be the thunderous voice of a great multitude, like the sound of a massive waterfall and mighty peals of thunder, crying out; “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns!’
- Let us rejoice and exalt him and give him glory, because the wedding celebration of the Lamb has come” as the bride has made herself ready.”
This is why it wasn’t his time in Cana, His time is when he comes back to gather his bride (The Church) and bring her home to celebrate the marriage of the groom and the bride with our Father in heaven!!!!!
Hallelujah in the highest praise the Lord.
- The Cup of Sanctification (I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.)
- The Cup of Deliverance (I will rescue you from your slavery.)
- The Cup of Redemption (I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment.)
- The Cup of Praise (I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God.)
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