1. Looking at John 2, what’s the problem at the wedding? How big of a problem do you think this would be?
2. Who in the story was responsible for the problem?
3. How does Jesus take on responsibility for the problem? What does this say about his identity?
4. Look at exactly how Jesus goes about solving the problem (using the purification jars). What does that suggest about the deeper meaning of what He does at the wedding?
5. Think about the impact this has on the bridegroom, who gets credit for the good wine. What does this teach us about the impact of what Jesus does for us?
6. The end of the story tells us that what Jesus did caused his disciples to see his glory and to believe in him. If seeing the glory of Jesus means seeing him as being worth celebrating, how does this compare with how you normally see Jesus? How could our church do a better job of celebrating Jesus?
7. The sermon ends by encouraging us to find one place in our life that feels like it has “run out” and to spend time praying about that this week. What might that thing be for you? What would you hope Jesus would do in that part of your life?
On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.