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A Word for this Week” - Pastor Bill Mugnolo

Week of January 17-23, 2022: “A ‘Small’ First Miracle” … John 2:1-11

In comparison to giving sight to the blind, casting out demons, or even raising the dead, Jesus’ turning water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana would seem like a “small” first miracle. But the image of what He did there is forever etched into our minds. What was it that made that “small” first miracle (v.11) so special?

First, it showed that Jesus cares about the “lesser concerns” of life. Running out of wine at a week-long wedding feast might not seem to be to a big deal to us. But for the married couple, it would have been a disgrace. Jesus cared about their need—just as he cares about our own “small” concerns (Matthew 6:25-26).

Then, we see how Jesus related to His own mother—even calling her “woman”. Here, was a reminder of who He was not just as her son but as her creator. While not fully grasping all that Jesus was saying to her, Mary said to the servants words that reflect the Lord’s own desire for us: “Do whatever He tells you.”

Then, in the labor that Jesus had the servants perform in filling those six stone wine jugs—which was no small task back then—He showed how He so often looks to delegate His work to us as His willing disciples. As one Church slogan has put it, “His Work, Our Hands”. And the end result, as it was at the wedding at Cana, will always end up being more than anything we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

Finally in the end, in our own lives, He “saves the best till last” (v.10) as He renews us each day (I Corinthians 4:16) and then, at last, brings us into eternal life. All this, because, when His “time had come” (v.4), Jesus would go on to perform His greatest of all miracles—the forgiveness of our sins that He brought forth by His cross and resurrection.

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Replace today's negative thoughts with God's eternal truths, guided by the following list passed down to us from an unknown source.
This is especially important in dealing with the Coronavirus and all the bad news we are hearing.
Keep God's Word close at hand to combat the negative thoughts.

The world says: "Its impossible." God says: "All things are possible." (Luke 18:27)

The world says "I'm too tired." God says: "I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28-30)

The world says: "Nobody really loves me." God says: "I love you." (John 3:16, 34)

The world says: "I can't go on." God says: "My grace is sufficient." (2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 91:15)

The world says: "I can't figure things out." God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5- 6)

The world says: "I can't do it." God says: "You can do all things." (Philippians 4:13)

The world says: "I'm not able." God says: "I am able." (2 Corinthians 9:8)

The world says: "It's not worth it." God says: "It will be worth it." (Roman 8:28)

The world says: "I can't forgive myself." God says: "I forgive you." (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1)

The world says: "I can't manage." God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Philippians 4:19)

The world says: "I'm afraid." God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (2 Timothy 1:7)

The world says: "I'm always worried and frustrated." God says: "Cast all your cares on Me." (1 Peter 5:7)

The world says: "I'm not smart enough." God says: "I give you wisdom." (1 Corinthians 1:30)

The world says: "I feel all alone." God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)