John writes not randomly but with a purpose. He had several miracles to choose from but chose only 7. In chapter 2 Jesus changes water to wine at a wedding feast and then drives the money changers out of the temple. Why these 2? What’s the connection with a wedding party and the temple? To show us we need to slow down and clean out our cluttered lives and hearts. We tend to neglect solitude. It’s not a part of our culture. Were busy cluttered noisy people which causes us not to grow deeply. In neglecting solitude we are sabotaging our faith journey. This week’s LifeGroup questions will revolve around slowing down and taking time to nurture and feed our spiritual lives.
- What struck you from this week’s message?
- Jesus could have done other things for His first miracle than change water into wine at a wedding party. Why at a party? Why was he not out preaching the gospel? What did John want us to know from this miracle?
- What does it show about Jesus that the wine He made from the water was superior to the wine already provided?
- The ones who filled the water pots with water and saw it changed to wine were the servants. Respond to this statement: “Some have never seen God work or experienced joy because they’ve never served.”
- Why did Jesus over turn the money changers tables? Why was he angry?
- After turning over the money changers tables in the temple, The Jewish leaders asked,“What sign do you show us for doing these things?” or “By what authority do you do these things?” Do we, the followers of Jesus ask the same question of Jesus? How?
- Read 1 Corinthians 6:19. If Jesus came into your temple what would he find?
- Is silence and quietness a part of your daily routine? Why or why not?
The quality of our lives can be pictured as a wagon wheel. The rim represents our world. The spokes the things that make up our world; family, work, friends, activities, hobbies, etc. But they are connected to the hub. It supports it all. If the hub collapses then the wheel collapses. Our spiritual life is like the hub of the wheel. It all comes crashing down of it is not tended to. We need time to nurture and support the hub, by prayer, meditation, silence and as Dallas Willard says, “Ruthlessly eliminating hurry from our lives”. The same Jesus that cleansed the temple is the same Jesus who unclutters your life because He loves you too much to leave you the same.