Why Jesus Reveals His Glory


In the post How To Become A Child of God, the question submitted was will we receive the gift of eternal life and adoptions through Jesus Christ or will we rejected the gift of eternal life and adoption through Jesus Christ? How we respond to Jesus will determine our natural and eternal estate. As we survey Jesus’ first miracle, we see His intent in that miracle as well as all others. We are shown Why Jesus Reveals His Glory.

John 2

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, 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. 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.”

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.

Let’s deal with the obvious. Mary, Jesus’ mother, did not get a special blessing because she was His mother. She, nor any other person or vice, does not control Jesus’ actions, so any requests offered in her behalf will not aid the person who desires Jesus’ intervention. Jesus, as He demonstrates here, determines whether He will intervene the lives of man. Jesus also conveys why He intervenes in the lives of man in verse 11 – he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Why Jesus Reveals His Glory – Jesus intervenes and shows His power to 1. reveal His glory; 2. to evoke belief in Him as Savior and Lord. When the servants are told by Mary to do what He tells you to do, they are involved because Jesus/God’s desire is to use man in their work of redeeming man not because she is a conduit to blessings. The servants who are told to fill the jars have the opportunity to be apart of God’s work. This engenders a belief on their part as well. Jesus also uses what is at hand. McGyver has nothing on Jesus. He always used on-hand items and people. Remember the blind man and the dirt, the 5000 and the baskets, fish and loaves. Other than creation, it is rare for Him to perform a miracle without involving man in some way to reveal His glory in efforts to lead man to faith in Him thus salvation.

The servants, a sort of man representative, shows how we should respond to Jesus’ direction in our lives. They were servants and knew it. They followed Mary’s direction. They followed Jesus’ direction without question or fail.

  • “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. (v7)
  • Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, (v8)

The master of the banquet did not know where the divine wine had come from, but the servants who had drawn the water knew. Because they were willing to follow Jesus’ directions, they were privy to see His glory/miracle. Our response to Jesus determines whether we will see His glory and receive His blessing/miracle of salvation. Later in John 5, Jesus affirms this when He says, “40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” “44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?”

Jesus desires for you to know Him, but you must know and understand Why Jesus Reveals His Glory.

 

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