Jesus is often pictured as being meek and mild, gentle and lowly. But in this passage, we see what Revelation 6:16 calls "the wrath of the Lamb." Jesus' anger is directed toward those who would use religiosity as a veneer for personal gain at the expense of God and others. Will we come to the true and better Temple - Jesus Christ - for forgiveness and grace?
In the Gospel of John, we have seen how Jesus is the Word, the life, the light, the Lamb, the Christ, the King, the Son of God, the Son of Man. In this passage, we come to a familiar story - Jesus turning water into wine. But there is nothing ordinary about Jesus here. Jesus is the true and better Master of the Feast who supplies the abundant wine of the gospel, and He is the true and better Bridegroom who makes purification for His Bride - the Church - through His blood that was poured out as the sacrifice for our sins.
In this passage, we see the glory of Jesus Christ in being the goal of our witness, the initiator of our salvation, the One with absolute authority to change our identity and command our allegiance, and the One who knows all things about us yet continues to love us. Ultimately, we see the "glory as of the only Son from the Father" in Jesus Christ's death on the cross. May we come and see, and then may we go and tell of His glory.
After concluding his theologically rich prologue, the apostle John turns his attention to the witness of John the Baptist. Rather than focusing on who he is and what he has done, John the Baptist focuses on who Christ is (the Lamb of God) and what Christ came to do (take away the sin of the world). The question is whether or not we are going to listen to the message of the messenger.
In this passage, John is stating very carefully and very deliberately that the Word, Jesus Christ, is eternally pre-existent, that He is in eternal relationship with the Father, that He is eternally God, and that He is the eternal Creator of all things. May we marvel at the majesty and splendor and wonder of Jesus Christ.
After Jesus’ death, the disciples secluded themselves in fear. A few weeks later, they were proclaiming that Jesus had risen from the dead. What brought about this change? The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The historical facts of the resurrection of Jesus Christ confront our doubts and bring us face to face with life’s most important question: What will I do with the risen Christ.
With Jesus before him, Pilate faced a terrible dilemma. He found no guilt in Jesus, but the Jews wanted Jesus crucified. As we see in this passage, Pilate lacked the courage to stand up to the crowd, choosing instead to crucify the innocent Son of God. What will we do with the innocent Christ?
During His interrogation, it appeared that Jesus’ fate was in the hands of men like Pilate. But in reality, Jesus was in control. In this message, we look at how man’s attempt to crucify Jesus fulfilled God’s plan. We might think that we are not as bad as some of the characters in this story, but we need Jesus more than we realize.