Series: Making Sense of Signs by Stuart Briscoe

NOTE: This sermon is part 1and 2 of a 2 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.

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Part 1: Water Into Wine
Series: Making Sense of Signs
Stuart Briscoe
John 2:1-11

John's objective in writing the fourth Gospel was to show conclusively that "Jesus was the Christ the Son of God" and to do it he selected incidents that illustrated Jesus' uniqueness from the vast amount of material available. He was particularly interested in the "signs" Jesus performed, the first of which involved changing water into wine.

I. The Situation.

A. Weddings in Israel in Jesus' time.
1. Betrothal which was more significant than modern engagement.

2. Wedding procession from bridegroom's house to bride's home.

3. Return procession to bridegroom's house for ceremony and feast.

4. Community at large attended and hospitality was expected.

B. Wine ran out before festivities ended.
1. A matter of great embarrassment - poverty on display?

2. Potential danger of lawsuit.

C. Mary, the Mother of Jesus, intervened.
1. She knew enough about Jesus to know he was unique.

2. She saw an opportunity for him to show his uniqueness.

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Part 2: Cleaning Out the Temple
Series: Making Sense of Signs
Stuart Briscoe
John 2:13-25

All four gospels record the story of Jesus' vigorous reaction to what was going on in the Temple at Passover time. The Synoptics place the incident at the end of His ministry, John at the beginning. Whether or not this means that Jesus repeated His actions is subject to debate, but that He did act and speak out is a subject of great importance.

I. Jesus Attended the Passover Feast.

A. A combination of "Unleavened Bread" and "Passover." Exodus 34:18, 25

B. An annual event celebrating the great deliverance from Egypt. Deuteronomy 16:1f

C. All men required to attend - none of them "empty handed." Deuteronomy 16:16f
1. A time of instruction for the young.

2. A time of remembrance of the past and hope for the future.

3. A time of heart searching, sacrifice and celebration.

II. Jesus Assessed the Situation.

A. The Temple courts were a hive of activity but not of worship.

B. The people were arriving empty-handed and getting ready at the last minute.


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