Friday, October 21, 2016

Prophetic Significance of Jesus' First Miracle Involving a Wedding and Wine 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 invited and his disciples to the marriage 3: And when they wanted wine the mother of Jesus said to him They have no wine 4: Jesus said to her What to me and to thee Madam not yet is come mine hour 5: His mother said to the servants Whatever he says to you do it 6: And there were set there six water pots of stone after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece 18-27 gallons each 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 out now and bear to 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 from where it came but the servants who drew the water knew the governor of the feast called the bridegroom 10: And said to him Every one at the beginning does set forth good wine and when [all] have become drunk[1] then that which is worse but you have 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[2]

[1] Jesus turned the water into alcoholic wine—not grape juice. The word translated as “drunk” used by the governor of the feast is the same word used by Jesus when he referred to the drunkard who beat his servants and was not watching for the return of his lord.
[2] Jesus began his miracle ministry at a wedding. This is significant as his Church, which is his Bride now waits for him to come for her, to celebrate with him at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. His first miracle was turning water into wine. This is significant as well. At the last supper, with his disciples, he stated that he drank his last sip of wine until his own wedding feast. He said he would not taste the fruit of the vine again until he tasted it new in the Kingdom of God. That kingdom will be inaugurated by a wedding feast. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Gift of Tongues in the Resurrection

Luke 22:31 And the Lord said Simon, Simon, behold Satan has desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat 32: But I have prayed for you that your faith fail not[1] and when you are converted strengthen thy brethren. 33: And he said to him Lord I am ready to go with you both into prison and to death[2] 34: And he said I tell you Peter the cock shall not crow this day before that you shalt three times deny that you know me

[1] When Jesus walked the earth with his disciples, he prayed and called out each of them to God, individually, by name. And he still does. The Bible says he sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for believers. He knows each of us by name, and when he comes to raise the dead and catch up the living, he will descend from Heaven with a shout (one shout). He will call us [out] each by name, just as he did Lazarus. That will be the final use of the gift of tongues. The scriptures reveal that in the Kingdom of God, one language will be restored to the earth.   
[2] This speaks to Peter’s motivations. While he walked with Jesus, he swaggered around with a sword rightly expecting to participate in the battle for the kingdom in which Messiah would win and sit on the throne of Israel. What Peter did not know, was that his expectation would indeed come to pass, but far into the future—not during his earthly lifetime. This caused a temporary crisis of purpose and identity for Peter, later, when Jesus did not initiate a battle to take the kingdom for himself, but was instead crucified and buried.