LISTEN: What Jesus’ Winemaking Tells Us About God, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign #16 with Daniel Whyte III)

Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents and politicians but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey God’s Great Commission and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As the hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 16.

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

John 2:1-11:

1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.

9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

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John Calvin said, “Christ, declaring openly in an assembly by a notable miracle that he has power over the nature of things to feed man’s body, leads the minds of all men to consider his spiritual and saving strength and power.”

Christena Cleveland said, “Rather than using his power to distance himself from us, Jesus uses it to approach us. He follows his own commandment to love your neighbor as yourself—often to his detriment, I might add—by pursuing us with great tenacity in spite of our differences. He jumps a lot of hurdles to reach us.”

Jesus’ first recorded miracle is perhaps a most-surprising one. We would think, surely, that the Son of God would make the first public demonstration of His power on a much larger, more visible stage. And certainly, He would do something more audacious than quietly transforming jars full of water into wine. But this entire scenario tells us some very interesting and very important things about Jesus Christ, His mission on earth, how He chose to carry it out, and the people who witnessed Him carrying out His mission. By the way, many Christians have been in shock down through the centuries that the first miracle that their blessed Saviour Jesus Christ did was make wine. Some still have not gotten over it. And yes this was fermented real wine, for they could have made grape juice in the back yard. Fine wine takes time and therein lies the miracle. I believe that Jesus did this on purpose to rattle all of the proud Pharisaical religious stuffshirts down through the ages and to let people know that yes He is all about people trusting Him, obeying Him, and living a holy life, but He is also very much about the party and having a good time. So let me say once and for all to all unbelievers and sinners who have been afraid to get saved because you didn’t want to give up your wine which you drink in moderation with your meal or on special occasions like a wedding, you can get saved today and still drink your wine in moderation for the glory of God. Don’t let that keep you from being saved from sin and hell and enjoying an abundant life in heaven as well.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.

Now with that said I want you to notice with me that Jesus is interested in every aspect of our lives. Our passage reads, “And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.” Now, weddings for the Jews were different affairs than what we call a wedding today. A wedding in the Bible was a seven day-long celebration with feasting, dancing, drinking wine, gift-giving, and well-wishing. Surely, Jesus had more important things to do than to spend seven days at a wedding party. Yet, this is exactly where we find Jesus. This tells us that Jesus is very much interested in every aspect of our lives — even the parts that seem non-spiritual. It is not so much that God is interested in a wedding, but He is interested in the two people whom He has created who have now decided to pledge themselves to each other till death do them part.

The NFL Playoffs are going on now. And in football, many players, when they score a touchdown or when their team wins a game, give thanks and glory to God. Every now and then, the question comes up, “Does God care about football? Does God care which teams win or lose?” Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked this question on a radio show sometime ago. I think he gave the right answer when he said that God does not care about football, but He cares about the people playing the game.

It is the same with every aspect of our lives. God cares about His creation, in whatever stage we are at in life, and that is what we see in Jesus making it His business to be at this wedding party.

This care for His creation is also shown in Jesus’ willingness to use His power to turn water into wine. It also shows us that God is a God of joy and He loves to see his children enjoying the life He has given them. You see, running out of wine was a big no-no at a week-long wedding party. If that had happened, the young couple who had just gotten married would have been extremely embarrassed. They would have been the butt of jokes. It would have been on the front page of the tabloids and at the top of the gossip columns. The husband and wife would have never been able to live down the fact that they had run out of wine at their wedding party.

But, thankfully, Jesus is there, and He transforms the water into wine — not just mediocre wine, but as we see in our passage, the best wine. Jesus saves the wedding party from certain disaster. Some say that God’s rules stop people from having fun. But the truth is, unless we abide within the bounds God has set for us, we will never have true fun.

Dear friend, God is not your enemy. He made you, He loves you, and He is concerned about every part of your life. However, He also knows that apart from Himself, you will never be completely happy, satisfied, or fulfilled. That is why He sent Jesus Christ to this earth — so that you can get to know Him through accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and sin’s consequences.

Are you willing to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior today? If so, here is how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.