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Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

John Days 4 Through 12

John Day 4 - Grace and Truth
The human mind and heart are complex. We all have a worldview, values, and opinions. We all think ours are correct. It is commonly held that there are two topics that should rarely if ever be discussed - politics and religion. The reason is because our personal views are intertwined with our self-worth. If you attack my political views or my religious views you are in essence attacking me, or at least that's how it feels.
For the Jews these issues were/are doubly complex because their nationality, politics, and religion were all rolled up into one when Jesus arrived on the scene. Being a Jew was a bloodline inheritance of both religion and politics. It was their entire identity. To attack any of it was not only a personal affront but an undermining of their entire heritage and identity and pretty much an attack on God Himself.
So picture a nation that is also a religion that has been waiting thousands of years for their Messiah who in their minds would be both a religious and political hero. The time for His arrival is imminent and then Jesus shows up. He has no formal education. The identity of His birth father is uncertain. He was conceived outside of the marriage covenant. He's from a town most Jews would rather not admit was a Jewish town. He's poor. He owns nothing, wants nothing, and has no political aspirations at all. To make things worse, He seems to constantly undermine the very religion He supposedly has come to vindicate.
Throughout His time among them miracles are happening. Crowds follow Him. Things are being said and done that no one has seen or heard before.
In the end the religious leaders rally against Him and with the help of Rome they kill Him. At His death the world goes dark in the middle of the day, an earthquake rips through the area, tombs open and many dead people come out alive. Three days later His tomb is empty, hundreds claim they have seen Him alive and His closest followers claim He returned to heaven some 40 days later. John, the author of this gospel was an eye witness to most of it. Then he puts ink to parchment in order to reveal who this mysterious Nazarene really was and is.
1:14 "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”
16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him."
Grace and truth. Big words. Heavy words.
Grace: despite all the religious meaning we have attached to it, it literally means - to be inclined favourably toward someone.
Jesus was full of grace because His entire existence was inclined favourably toward us. That's why He never owned anything. He wasn't here for His benefit, He came for our benefit.
Truth: an interesting word. The Greek word is ‘alitheia’ and means true to fact. It is also synonymous with the Greek word we translate as reality. In other words Jesus was full of the facts of how things really are.
While those implications are sinking in let's look at one of the most shocking and revealing statements made in the New Testament: John 1:17 - For the law was given through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (Messiah).
The Law: It comes from the Greek word ‘nomos’ and in the context refers to the entire Scriptures (Old Testament) but more specifically the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) upon which their entire political, national, and religious identity were founded.
To put it in context for an American this would be the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and all laws and systems built on them. The only difference is that the American foundation guarantees religious freedom but is pretty much strictly a political baseline written by men. The Jewish foundation was written down by one man as lead by God and is their entire political, national, and religious foundation.
When you touch it you are playing with fire. So what does John say about the Jewish foundation? It was lacking. It was insufficient and incomplete. What was missing? The truth that God is favourably inclined toward mankind (grace) and it failed to reveal the facts as they really are (truth).
That's a lot to ponder for one day. See you tomorrow...

John Day 5 - Children of God
1:10 "He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
Jesus. He is the subject of John's gospel and His goal is to have those who read it believe in Him. The story is admittedly crazy. It's crazy to think a regular human being could be the Creator of everything we can see and touch. It's crazy to think a Being so powerful could be contained and even hidden in a human body no different than ours. It's fairly understandable that many rejected both Him and the entire idea. However that is not really John's point. In fact we're going to see as we go that Jesus was not rejected because of the claim that He was God in human flesh or the claim that He made the world. He was not accepted by the world or by His own people for an entirely different reason.
It's important to emphasize at this point that the arrival on the scene of the Messiah, someone far above and beyond the ordinary was not only expected but anticipated. Though the Jewish nation was far removed from the glory days of David and Solomon or the miraculous days of their long before escape from Egypt, they possessed something no other nation or people had. They possessed the sacred writings and these were full of prophecies. They believed because of this, because they were the children of promise, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that they were a people of destiny. This future hope and glorious destiny was all wrapped in the arrival of this eagerly anticipated Messiah.
He came. John writes that the world at large did not know Him. Remember that word 'know'. It's going to return often. It's understandable that the world did not know Him seeing as the Jews and the world at large were hardly best buddies. Then John says He came to His own and they did not receive Him. He was born to a Jewish girl from the tribe of Judah. John the Baptist was his cousin. John's father was a priest who actively served in the temple at Jerusalem. At the age of 12 Jesus began discussing the prophecies in the temple with the religious leaders and they marveled at His knowledge. He most definitely came to His own, to the people who were expecting His arrival. Oddly despite their expectation and His arrival the majority of the nation and the larger world rejected Him. Again they did not reject Him on the basis of the "craziness" of the story that God became man. They rejected Him because they didn't like who He grew to become. They expected a hero but not the Hero that came.
But, BUT, some did receive Him. Some did believe Him. Some of the Jews and some of the world beyond. Some still do thousands of years later. John wrote hoping we'd see Him as He is also and receive Him and know Him and become children of God.
See you tomorrow as the journey into John's account of Him continues.

John Day 6 - How Large Are Your Walls?
1:12 "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
It's amazing to me how each morning He highlights a point that didn't really seem like a highlight the day before. I have always been so drawn to John 1:14 that I guess I was missing the treasure that sat just before it.
We live in a changing world. I was talking to my church about this on Sabbath. I pointed out that if I had come to Grande Prairie 50 or even 30 years ago it would have been difficult or even impossible to find someone with a skin colour other than white. It would have been difficult to find anyone who didn't identify as a Christian. Today I have Africans from Burundi and Tanzania and Malawi attending my church. I have Europeans recently immigrated from Ireland and Muldova. We have lots of Filipino families and most recently a woman from China. My other congregation has many from the Caribbean islands too. The city has Muslims and Hindus and people from all over the world. In one generation diversity has become the new normal.
Diversity was not the norm for the Jews when John wrote his gospel. Not only did Jerusalem have a wall all the way around it but their hearts and minds were walled as well. It's not that the area was not diverse. In reality Jerusalem was in many ways the crossroads of the world. However when it came to God's favour the Jews saw it as an exclusive birthright. The rest of the world were hopelessly lost just for being born in the wrong bloodline.
I'm not sure what causes nationalism or racism or prejudice. Last evening coming out of a restaurant with my brother-in-law and family where we had had supper together for his birthday I was confronted with a bumper sticker on a truck that had wide tires but sadly a driver with a narrow mind. The background of the sticker was the Canadian flag. In bold black letters it said "Learn to fit in or get the %×&# out!"
Seems he or she came from the same school of thought as this poor guy...
https://youtu.be/crAv5ttax2I
John makes a jarring, shocking, offensive point in verses 12 and 13.
He says being a child of God is not a birthright. It is not a matter of bloodlines. It can't be achieved by the human will or effort either.
Let's be really clear about what John is saying. I can't be born a child of God. I can't become one by my parents will or my grandparents will or my pastor's will or my church's will. I can't even become His by my own effort or will. There is only one way to become His and that is by receiving His Son. This is what gives us the right to be His.
John will spend the rest of his gospel revealing who Jesus is and how we receive Him. Stick around. It's an intense ride.

John Day 7 - The Truth
In one of his movies Jack Nicholson famously burst out in anger while on trial "The truth?!!?! You can't handle the truth!"
A few days ago I left you hanging with the shocking statement John makes:
"For the law was given through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (Messiah)."
It may sound like John was undermining the law of Moses but he wasn't. Instead he was magnifying it. He was saying Moses gave you all the pieces of the puzzle but Jesus put them together. He was saying until now you couldn't complete the picture. Until Jesus came everything was a mixed up mess. Until Jesus came you were in the dark and the darkness was so black that when the Light came it was blinding and instinctively you recoiled and hid your eyes and cried out "turn it off!"
Then John follows it up with verse 18:
"No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him."
Now the idea that God has a Son entirely like Himself is a new idea for the Jews yet their own sacred writings declared it. The truth was there all along but as John said it never came into focus until Jesus came.
Proverbs 30:4
"Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if you know?"
However the real mystery to be revealed, the real Light to shine into the heart of Judaism and then to the entire world is not so much the revelation that God has a Son. The real purpose for Jesus coming to shine light into the darkness was to finally demonstrate in full living colour what God is like. Remember what Jesus tells Philip just before His death: "Have I been so long with you and yet you say 'show us the Father'? If you have seen Me you have seen the Father".
I leave you with the next section which clearly demonstrates the Jews were expecting the Messiah and wondered if John the Baptist was the one. Tomorrow we'll see where that conversation goes...
1:19 "Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”
20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”
21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?”
He said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?”
And he answered, “No.”
22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”
23 He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord,”’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
24 Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees. 25 And they asked him, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
26 John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. 27 It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.”
28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing."
See you tomorrow.

John Day 8
We ended yesterday with John speaking about the arrival of the Christ, the Messiah, the hero that the Jews were waiting for. We continue where we left off:
1:29 "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”
32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”"
Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world - what a strange cryptic thing to say, or was it? Jews were very familiar with lambs and their connection to sin and forgiveness. Remember how John had written that the law came through Moses and grace and truth came through Jesus? Two things were central to the law of Moses which really were one and the same. Two tables of stone were given to Moses written on by God himself. At the same time that he was given these stones he was given instructions to build a temple, a sanctuary, which would both hold the stone tablets and be the center of worship for the entire nation. Central to the worship that occurred there was the offering of animals as sacrifices for the sins of the people. Individuals could bring their own but every morning and every evening a lamb was offered by the priests on behalf of all the people.
The symbolism involved was that sin causes death. The animal became the innocent substitute dying in the place of the sinner. This was all according to the law of Moses. The problem is that the symbolism stopped there. It became a religious formality. It had no significance of meaning beyond the immediate.
Into the midst of this tradition or rite John the Baptist points to Jesus and declares "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world". Lambs die as substitutes, the innocent for the guilty. What was John saying? Did even he fully realize what he was saying. They were all waiting for a powerful political conquering hero to throw off the Roman occupation and restore the glory of Solomon's kingdom. A lamb? A sacrificial lamb?
To back John's claim that Jesus was the awaited one God affirmed it by a visible manifestation of His Spirit in the form of a dove at His baptism.
People often ask me "Why did Jesus have to get baptized since baptism is a symbolic washing away of sins and death to sin?"
It's a great question and we'll look at it tomorrow.

John Day 9 - Jesus Has His Sins Washed Away?
1:32 "And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”"
John wastes no time in his account of Jesus life. He jumps immediately into His adult life and ministry with His baptism occurring in chapter 1. Matthew and Luke don't get to His baptism until the end of chapter 3. However the real mystery is why did Jesus get baptised at all?
Prior to Jesus' baptism, John the Baptist was preaching a message of turning from sin and starting a new life. This new life began with baptism, which involved full submersion into the water. Getting "dunked" as some call it was symbolic of two things. First water is used for cleansing. Secondly the act of disappearing beneath the water was a symbol of burial and coming up from the water was a resurrection. So in essence you went into the water "dirty" as a sinner, 'died' to your old life and ways, and then rose out of the water new and clean, to live a new life, change directions, and follow God.
Now of course all of this is symbolic but the question remains if Jesus is the spotless innocent Lamb of God what is He washing away? Clean is clean right? You can't wash clean. Yet Jesus goes to John to be baptized. A sinner baptizing the sinless one.
Some might argue Jesus was a sinner just like everyone else but His baptism actually proves that He wasn't. Remember John announced that One was coming after him who actually existed before him. He would baptize with the Spirit and with fire. In the book of Acts when the Spirit baptism occurred at Pentecost tongues of fire appeared on the heads of each person. Fire represents purification. We have the imagery of gold going into the fire and coming out pure. Isaiah's lips were touched with a coal from the altar and he became fit to become God's spokesman. The fire is not meant to destroy in these cases. Rather it is meant to burn away all the impurities so that only the "good stuff" remains. The disciples needed tongues of fire to purify them.
What happened when the same Spirit of God fell on Jesus at His baptism? It came in the form of a dove, a symbol of peace. Why? Because there was nothing to purify - no sin, no impurities to burn away.
So why did Jesus go through this symbolic cleansing ritual if He was already clean?
Well it's pretty simple really. He did it for us. Jesus is everything we are not. Not only is He the Lamb that takes away our sin but His perfect life is given to us. The Bible describes His perfection as a wedding garment that we put on to be able to attend the wedding feast. He is everything we are not and part of what we need to be clean is baptism. However some who choose Him for whatever reason are never able to be baptised. The thief who was crucified with Jesus and recognized in Him the Saviour never had the opportunity to be baptized. Not a problem. Jesus was baptized on His behalf. Jesus has everything covered. No detail was left to chance or missed. When we choose Him we can rest knowing He has made every provision. He is our all in all, even going through a baptism He didn't need for our benefit. It should be no surprise. He did everything He did for our benefit. There is a word for it: Love.

John Day 10 - One Step at a Time
35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”
37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?”
They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”
39 He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).
40 One of the two who heard John speak,and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.
Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).
Times change. Cultures vary. I'm currently able to send a message whenever I want that is accessible to anyone who has access to the Internet. I can get in my car and travel over 100km/hr to wherever I want to go. I can drive to the airport and at much greater speeds. I can go to the grocery store and have access to any food I want. I can talk on my phone while seeing the person I'm talking to. This is my current context. At the same time there are places in this world where they have access to none of the things I have mentioned and their fastest mode of transportation is their feet. For too many finding clean water is a dream.
In my current culture if you wanted to learn something typically you would go to school. If you wanted to learn a trade you could become an apprentice and work alongside a person of experience and after a few years you would become "like" them. A few years ago I decided I wanted to learn how to repair/build/reupholster car interiors. After some research I discovered there is no school for it, at least not in the city I was living. There was also no apprenticeship program. After speaking to a few guys who do that kind of work I always got the same answer. "If you want to learn how to do this you have to find someone willing to teach you and work with them."
In Jesus' time and culture almost all learning was done this way. Students would seek out a master or teacher and follow them - literally. Today in my culture an apprentice only works under his journeyman "teacher" at work and then they each go to their homes. Not so in Jesus' day. Once you found a master or teacher you became their disciple or follower (what we would call an apprentice) and you became their shadow. You lived with them, ate what they ate, and went wherever they went.
Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist. He was seeking the Messiah. When John pointed at Jesus and repeated "Behold the Lamb" Andrew started following Jesus. Jesus asked why. Andrew called him "Teacher" and asked to see where He was staying. In essence Andrew was saying "I am seeking to be your student and I want to visit your "campus".
A similar opportunity exists for all who desire Him now. He says "Follow Me." He offers His Book as the textbook. He offers your home and church and neighbourhood as the campus. As you begin to follow He may call you to a different place or He may open your eyes to different people who exist where you live. Just this past week a successful young person shared with me that she has arranged with her boss to work 4 days a week instead of 5 and she is using the extra day to volunteer with people in need. She's hearing His voice and following.
Our names might not be Andrew or Simon but we can still seek and follow Him.
John Day 11 - Come and See
43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”
48 Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
49 Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
50 Jesus answered and said to him,“Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
We named our son Nathaniel. We did not choose the name because of the disciple mentioned here. We chose the name because of what it means - Gift from God. Truthfully I hope my son does not develop the trait of character Nathanael demonstrates in the passage above. Often this story is told in a positive light because Nathanael is the first to declare that Jesus is the Son of God. This is a fact but it was blurted out in response to a demonstration that Jesus was more than a carpenter's son. As Jesus declared to doubting Thomas later "You believe because you have seen. Blessed are those who have not seen and still believe."
So what is my beef with Nathanael? I thought you would never ask. Philip has accepted Jesus' offer to become His disciple. He goes home presumably to inform his family and gran some clothes. On the way either by chance or by choice he encounters Nathanael and tells him about Jesus. He tells him everything including who His father is and where He is from. In a culture where bloodlines were everything to the Jews and geography designated much also these facts were important. Sadly Nathanael's response revealed much about his own character which in his defense was largely shaped by his upbringing. "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" It's a question loaded with baggage. It denotes a bigotry so deep that location determines worth/intelligence/potential etc...
Abraham Lincoln grew up in a cabin with a dirt floor. Harriet Tubman was an illiterate slave who after escaping continually risked her own life to save directly and indirectly thousands more.
Nathanael fell for the prevailing ignorance and prejudice of his culture. It's a sickness that ran deep then and continues to run deep today. Skin colours, people groups, certain countries, even certain neighborhoods in almost every city and town are looked down upon and every person who emerges from those places or carries the colour or the heritage is judged and labeled. "Can anything good come from Nazareth? From Harlem? From Iraq, from a reserve?"
I love Philip's answer. "Come and see!"
It's common practice today in Western culture to label Christians as weak minded. There is evidence to suggest otherwise. Isaac Newton, Descartes, Einstein, Galileo, etc... were all brilliant and all believers. To anyone who doubts simply because of prevailing cultural views I offer the same advice as Philip - "Come and see."
To know Him is to shatter every preconception.

John Day 12 - Ask Questions - Be Curious
There is always more than meets the eye with Jesus...
2:1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
6 Now there were set there six water pots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons a piece. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. 9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.
Seems like a random story with little significance for us. We learn Jesus can perform miracles. We already knew this. But what if there's more? When you read God's Word be curious. Ask questions. Look for details that don't fit or at least don't seem necessary.
In this story the big detail is the water pots. They are not random water pots to be used for any old purpose. For the Jews many things were unclean. Every time they touched someone or something that was considered unclean they had to wash. Before each meal they had to wash their hands in a certain way with this water from these jars also. Every Jewish household had these water pots and they were used frequently. This water was not for drinking or cooking. They almost had a sacred significance. They were set aside for a holy purpose.
Jesus instructed the servants to use them. This would have put the servants in an uncomfortable position. It seems Jesus mother was either catering the wedding or helping in some official capacity but she was not the owner of the house. Had the owner known his water pots which were designated for the sole purpose of ritual washing were being used for anything else he would be upset to say the least. However Mary is temporarily in charge and she tells the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them to do.
Sometimes Jesus will tell us to do things that are considered wrong by most people. Do it anyway.
They pour water in and then they pour wine out. The wine is taken to the master of the feast. He can't believe how good it is and asks the bridegroom why he has saved the best until now when custom is to serve the best first.
Think about it. In every story involving a bridegroom that Jesus is involved with the bridegroom represents Himself. This seemingly simple almost meaningless story of Jesus "pulling a rabbit out of a hat" is actually loaded with meaning. It is a foreshadowing of His mission. He has come to purify us, but not with water, with His blood. Later He holds up a cup of grape juice and says to His disciples "this is my blood".
The Jews have been offering the blood of animals for generations thinking the blood of the animals had value. The truth was that the rituals of the temple were only pointing forward to the One true Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the whole world. Blood was spilled over and over but the best was saved until last. Jesus would die and in dying would become our Substitute. He takes our sin leaving us pure.
See it was no faux pas or act of rebellion or just poor taste for Jesus to instruct them to use the water pots that were specifically for purification. As one of my favourite songs asks and answers "What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus."
Was his blood spilled almost 2000 years ago enough for you and I? Each jar held between 20 and 30 gallons. There were 6 of them. The wedding was almost over. Jesus made far more than enough.

No matter how unclean you may feel Jesus is more than enough. Where sin abounds grace abounds all the more...

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