He must increase, but I must decrease
The best way to misread or misinterpret the Bible is to evaluate scripture against the backdrop of your personal values, or modern culture. One of the passages that is most misread is John 2, where Jesus turns the water into wine.
Much has been made about this miracle over the years, but little has been spoken about the message that the Apostle John was trying to convey by including this event in his Gospel.
Many look to tbis passage to prove that the Lord is permissive of drinking. Those who oppose the drinking of alcohol counter by saying that the wine must have been non-alcoholic, a sort of designer grape juice.
However, these arguments are completely irrelevant to the message John is trying to convey. John’s purpose in writing his Gospel is to demonstrate the humanity and divinity of Christ, to show Jesus as the Messiah, the only begotten Son of God.
John’s inclusion of this miracle was two-fold. First, he demonstrated the divinity of Jesus by recording the power He had in turning the water into wine. Second, he shows the love and humanity of Christ by showing His concern over the wedding, even though it had little to do with his overall mission.
The water into wine miracle is amazing, because it shows me that the all powerful creator of the universe cares about how my day is going, and is engaged in the details of my life, regardless of how inconsequential they may seem.
What does this passage show you?
This week’s message is the first in “The Real Jesus Christ” series to focus on application. We are instructed by scripture to follow Jesus. What does that mean, and what does that look like? Listen to Pastor Leland Acker’s message via Soundcloud.