On Sunday, Jeremy took us through John 1:35-51, the calling of the first disciples. John offers a gradual, relational perspective on the call to discipleship, reminding us that sometimes “follow me” (full commitment to Jesus) is preceded by a time of “come and see” (getting to know him). Most of the disciples come to Jesus because of the invitation of a friend (or brother). But each one believes because of their own experience—as the initially skeptical Nathanael reminds us, when Jesus wows him by knowing him better than he should have! Today we look at Jesus’ first miracle, and how that further solidified their belief in him.
Many people today think God is the ultimate kill-joy. They feel that if they were to “become religious,” it would take away everything that is fun and brings fullness to their lives. Why do you think this is such a popular notion? To what extent do you think it is true or un-true?
Looking at Scripture:
On Sunday, Jeremy described the importance of bringing our imagination to our reading of Scripture, putting ourselves in the passage to experience the story being told. Have someone in your group read John 2:1-12slowly, while the rest of you close your eyes and imagine what it would have been like to be one of Jesus’ disciples experiencing the events as they unfolded.
What stands out to you initially about this passage? Do you have any questions or points of confusion? Are any of them answered by the study notes?
Read the Study Bible note on 2:1-3that explains what weddings were typically like, and why running out of wine was such a big deal. Why do you think Jesus chose this as the first occasion to “reveal his glory” (v. 11)?
While some have argued that this “wine” was actually grape juice, verse 10 makes it pretty clear that this was typical wine that contained alcohol. Do a little math—how much wine did Jesus make? How much might it have cost to buy that much today? What does this have to say about the kind of Messiah Jesus would be?
Remember that John is describing how the Creator God (the Word) became flesh and lived among us (1:1-14). What does this miracle and the context in which it happened tell us about the character of God and the nature of his kingdom?
Think about the kinds of embarrassing, everyday problems that you run into. How would you fill in this sentence: If Jesus cares about a wedding that runs out of wine, that must mean he also cares about…
Is there any area of your life you are afraid to turn over to God because you’re afraid he will ruin your fun or kill your joy? How can this passage help address that fear.
What can we learn from the kind of faith that Jesus’ mother, Mary, displays in him in this passage? Is there an area in your life where you need to approach Jesus with the same kind of persistence and trust that she does?