John 2:9, 10 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, like your disciples we discover again and again that you give the very best.
Thought for the day: Jesus’ miracles are not half-way miracles.
Matthew 11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they say, ”here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” But wisdom is vindicated by her children.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for reaching out to us even in our sinful lives
Thought for the day: Ambulances and uber rides are available on demand, but only one comes on an emergency.
Matthew 9: 16, 17 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we be so flexible that we are welcome recipients of new wine of the Gospel.
Thought for the day: Rubber bands that lose their flexibility cease to serve their purpose.
Luke 15:1, 2 Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we are so grateful that you were willing bring hope to those who were in need.
Thought for the day: Those who cannot live with others often find it difficult to live with themselves.
Luke 19:10” For the son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
Prayer: Lord God, we praise you for sending your son to save us.
Thought for the day: Those who would truly search for God must learn that God has always searched for them.
Ezekiel 34: 15, 16 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.
Prayer: Lord God, we rejoice at the thought that you have never forgotten us.
Thought for the day: The woodland wanderer who becomes disoriented is advised to stop so that someone may find him or her.
Revelation 21:1, 2 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City the new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
Prayer: Lord God, what a glorious day it will be when Christ and the church bride are united.
Thought for the day: All have received a personal invitation to the wedding of Christ and the church bride, if they would join in the happy event.
Adult Bible Study Outline
John 2: 1-11 – W – I — N – E
Wedding – An old preacher advised a youth that he should only attend social gatherings where he could be a witness for Christ. When Jesus socialized, he brought salvation to the party.
Invitation – Mary asked Jesus’s intervention. If you ask Jesus’s intervention, expect a reply.
New wine – The grape vine produces the juice of grapes from sun and rain. Jesus produces changed lives from old lives.
Emmanuel – Those who followed Jesus had the faith to discover he is God with us, Emmanuel.
Exemplary story: When Kent and Angie decided to marry, they agreed it should be a simple affair and outdoors. The wedding was planned to take place at an old farm. Just before the wedding began Angie’s son and daughter, Susanna and Samuel, were playing with the goats in the goat pen. They accidentally left the pen gate unlatched. The wedding concluded, but not without a hitch. Once the wedding was over the guests all moved to the reception area. In the meantime, Billy, the goat, eased his way out of the pen unseen. He began to wander about unnoticed. When he saw his friend Susanna on the other side of the serving table, he bolted toward her. Crash went the punch bowl onto the lawn. Everyone was so startled they stopped talking and turned to look at Kent. Kent and Angie saw Billy standing beside Susanna and knew what had happened. Kent was determined not to let the spilled punch spoil the day. He turned to Angie and said, “We call all remember this reception as the day Billy gave the punch a real kick.” Everyone laughed as they resumed the reception that day. The “kicker” at the wedding in Cana of Galilee was the miracle of changing water into wine.
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