Running on Empty by Jerry Watts

Running on Empty
Jerry Watts
John 2:1-12

So we read about a wedding where something went wrong. Has there ever been a perfect wedding? You know, one without some kind of hitch or glitch? When we married, at the point of the service where the pastor said, ''If any man can show any reason these two shouldn't…'' a big arrangement of flowers fell from the baptistery window and hit the floor. We have a dear friend who, when her and her groom tried to light the candles, all the candles fell in the floor.

I read a funny story. A young couple, very much in love, were getting married. Sue, the wife to be, was very nervous about the big occasion and so the pastor chose one verse that he felt would be a great encouragement to them. The verse was 1 Jn 4:18 which says: ''There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.''

Rather unwisely, the pastor asked the best man to read it out and to say that the pastor had felt that this was a very apt verse for Sue and that he would be preaching on it later in the service. The best man was not a regular churchgoer. And so he did not know the difference between the Gospel of John and the first letter of John. As instructed, he introduced his reading by saying that the pastor felt this was a very apt verse for Sue. Instead of reading 1 Jn. 4:18, he read John 4:18, which says, ''You have five husbands and the one that you now have is not your husband.'' Weddings are different.

The miracle which Jesus performed here was his first of the seven miracles that the gospel of John records. (John 20:30 tells us that Jesus performed many more unrecorded sign ) This miracle is the one that gives Baptist the most fits because He turned the water to wine and we try to turn the wine into water. Candidly, so much of the time we get caught up in things we think important (fermented or not, alcoholic or not) that we miss the greater picture here.

Jesus was invited to and was in attendance at a wedding where, it seems, h ...


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