The Temple of God
THE THIRD DAY
John 2:1 || John grabs our attention right away. This is an important story. The “third day” draws us to the empty tomb, the wine narrative reminds us of when, “new wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills,” (See Dig Deeper Below). This event in Cana is a preview of the New Creation!
Dig Deeper: Isaiah 62:1-5, Amos 9:13-15, Joel 3:17-21, Revelation 19
THE HOUR NOT YET COME
John 2:4-5 || Jesus, God become human, is reminding His mom: If we do this, it will reveal Who I AM. He knows it will light the fuse: It will inaugurate His ministry and begin His collision course with the Religious Leaders. She doesn’t blink: “Do whatever He tells you!”
Dig Deeper: Psalm 2, Isaiah 42, Ephesians 3:10-11, Galatians 4:4-7
SIX STONE JARS
John 2:6 || God Almighty, The Lord Most High, celebrating with friends and family at a wedding, directs them to take their religious objects used for their rituals, the very ones used for purification, and says: “Yeah, let’s use those.”
Dig Deeper: Leviticus 16, Matthew 23
THE FIRST SIGN
John 2:11 || This beginning, showing Who He is, created faith. True then, True now. Faith IN HIM. Not in our “religious-ness”!
Dig Deeper: Isaiah 55:6-13, John 1:14, 4:43-54
THE THREE DAYS
John 2:19 || The Religious Leaders asked for a sign to prove His authority, and here He goes with a continuous refutation of their religiosity. They are staring God Almighty in the face, demanding that He conform to their religion! He upends all their notions by declaring He Himself to be the Temple. Jesus, who is the Lamb of God (that is, the Temple Sacrifice) is also the Temple of God, the place we go to Worship! The object of Worship is also the center of Worship! And He melts away all of our conceptions by replacing “religion” with FAITH.