Day 2: John Chapter 2
- What information was given?
This chapter started with the story of the wedding in Cana. Here is the first miracle of Jesus when he turns the gallons of water into wine. After this miracle, Jesus when to the temple and found livestock, merchants, and traders on the steps. Jesus got angry made a whip and turned over tables to get rid of them. Then he foreshadowed his crucifixion and resurrection. The part of the chapter is about how the people started believing in Jesus but Jesus didn’t depend on them nor trust them with any part of him.
- What verses stood out to you and why?
And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you” John 2:4-5
- I just find is funny that Jesus asks “what does this have to do with me” To me it seems a bit sarcastic because this event becomes one of his first miracles. I also like this verse because Mary had faith that he would do something about the wine running out and told the servants to follow Jesus’ orders. That shows the faith of a good follower of Christ and a good mother.
- When Jesus does turn the water into wine, he doesn’t turn it into mediocre wine. It is really good wine. Jesus transformed something so simple as water into something and complex as wine, GOOD wine. I believe that God can transform anything and anyone just as easily.
Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days’ John 2:19-20
- This event shows the human trait of anger that Jesus possessed. He turned over the table and scared away the animals that were on the front step of the temple. The surface value of this verse tells me to respect the house of the Lord. Places of business can easily invite sin of greed and pride to come and live. A temple or church should be first and foremost a place to worship and talk with God. With that said, I am not going to discourage members of churches today from networking and doing business with each other. I am discouraging doing business in the church on Sabbath day. It should be focus on God.
- On an abstract level the temple in this verse represents a person. The temple is a holy place that should be the home of the Lord, just as a human body should be. There will always be outside distractions and sins trying to creep into the temple, but by not allowing them in you can keep the temple holy and a place focused on God.
- My favorite part of this verse is that the Jews say it took 46 years to build the temple and doubt Jesus’ promise to make it raise in 3 days. The temple might have taken 46 years to build, but it started to become of place for sin to gather. Jesus saw this and wanted it to be made new. But Jesus was not talking about physically taking down the temple, but taking down the corruption in people and making them born again in Christ. When Christ died on the cross and rose again, he did this. He gave us the gift to destroy our old habits and sins and become a new person in Christ.
What did I not understand or want to learn more about?
- Define Zeal??
- What did Jesus mean about “my hour”?
What were some new things you learned in the chapter?
- I rediscovered a the meaning of the word temple.
- Definition of Zeal: great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective