“The Hospitality of King Jesus”
John 2:1-11 Key word: “Hope” Rev. Dr. Scott T. Arnold
2/9/2020 at First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA
Week 6: “The Hospitality of King Jesus
Introduction: The hospitality of God the Father is shown through Jesus at a social event, a wedding feast. A taste of God’s Kingdom to come.
A. Jesus joyfully attended social events. John 2:1-2.
- On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.
B. Jesus decides to respond (John 2:3-5)
- To the shortage of wine (3) 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
- To the wishful hope of His mother (4-5) 4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
C. Jesus transforms water into wine (John 2:6-9a)
- Jesus uses the available resource at hand. (6-7)
6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
- Jesus involves humble servants in the miracle of hospitality (8-9a)
8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew.
D. Great hospitality is a wonderful witness to God (John 2:9b-10)
Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
E. Jesus revealed the grace and glory of God’s Kingdom. (John 2:11)
11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Key Point: Jesus shows us the kindness and mercy of God. He reveals the hospitality of His Heavenly Father and a taste of God’s Heavenly blessings to come. We are called to have hope in Heaven’s big and beautiful table. We are invited to the Marriage Feast of the Lamb (Jesus) and the Bride (the Redeemed people of God).
- How have others shown generous hospitality to you that overflowed with kindness and mercy?
- How did Jesus show generous and unselfish hospitality in turning the water to wine? Did He do this only because His mother asked?
- By involving the servants in the miracle of turning water into wine, what does Jesus teach us about the importance of having people share in the miracle of ministry?
- If you were one of the servants, and you saw this happen, and heard the response of the guest who was happy with the new wine, what would you have thought?
- Why was it important that the disciples were onlookers to this miracle?
- How can we become better givers of hospitality? What do we learn from Jesus?