'TISSUES OF THE 1990'S ADDRESSED IN THE FIRST CENTURY"
June 30, 1991
Marriage and Family . . . Failure . . . Emptiness . . . Worth
or Self-esteem . . . Alcoholism . . . Religion ...
These issues are all very real in our society today. Would
it surprise you to know that these issues of the 1990's were
addressed by Jesus i& the 1st Certury?
In our day, the Baby Boomers have the goal of
self-gratification. The desire to please self is an old problem,
not a new one. The quest for more meaning, more worth,
more of this or that always ends in failure apart from Jesus
A word of clarity:
In the gospel of John we see eight signs performed by Jesus.
Some people call them miracles, but the word in the original
language is sign.
The word, "miracle", is the word "dunamis" which means
power and denotes the manifestation of power in the act.
The word, "sign", is the word "simeion" meaning the value
or significance of the mighty or miraculous act.
So, in the gospel of John through studying the eight signs we
must look at their value or significance or their meanings.
For example, today we will witness the turning of water into
wine. That was a miraculous event with much sign or value
to you and me.
Witness with me today the remarkable and startling relevance
of the Word of God. Look with me to Five of the 1990's
issues addressed by Jesus in the first century.
I. THE ISSUE OF MARRIAGE. (vs. 1-2)
"Third day" - meaning after Nathaniel's conversion.
"Wedding in Cana of Galilee" - the Eastern wedding
in the days of Jesus lasted up to one full week - a
tremendous experience of celebration.
"Mother of Jesus" - Mary was present even though never
referred to by name.
"Jesus was also invited" - some scholars thought this
could have been a sister of Jesus being married, or
a close friend, or even Nathaniel since it was in his
"His disciples" - Andrew,. Peter, John, James. Philip.
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