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The New Wine: Part II
John 2: 1-11
The first miracle of Jesus:
Turning water into wine at the marriage feast.
C. The Significance of the First Miracle Sign
1. The New Wine Brings the Celebration of Joy
Now let us consider the significance of this miracle. He brings the best to the last
because wine throughout scripture is a symbol of joy and celebration. I like the song that
says, "I've Found the Fountain of Joy," the stream of God's grace and power because I
want to tell you that Jesus brings joy to yo u. When you drink of the wine of His love and
grace, when you drink of the wine of His cleansing blood, when you drink of the wine of
His Holy Spirit, any way you want to use it, if it does anything for you, it brings joy. I
wish to goodness that people were happier than they are and I wish that Christians could
manifest a brighter countenance and a more joyful attitude. Oh, if we could see services
like we did some time ago!
I remember when old man Jim Goss got saved down in the hills of Mississippi –
funniest fellow you ever saw. He wore suspenders all the time and seemed like he never
could get his pants up high enough. He just kept tightening those suspenders. But on the
night when he got saved he got joy. He had been a curser, a fighter, and a no telling
whatever. But when he got saved that night, he got joy. He just simply was on his knees
and he laughed for just about an hour just as loud as you have ever heard anyone laugh in
all your life. He was drunk on the new wine of the joy of the grace of God.
How long has it been since you got overjoyed and happy and just laughed in the
Spirit and your cares were lifted and the clouds rolled back and the peace of God filled
your heart and you loved God and you knew in your heart and you said, "I'll never see
another bad day because Jesus is my Lord and Jesus is with me and I have joy, joy, joy."
I've a good mind to lead a course, "I've Got The Joy Down In My Heart." No, I don't
think I'll do that because you're smiling too well now. How many of you have got the joy
now? Would you raise your hands and say thank God for Christian joy? Thank God for
Holy Ghost joy, hallelujah!
That leads me just to stop here and preach just a little while and tell you that the
Bible speaks of six different kinds of joy. It talks about plain joy, it talks about full joy, it
talks about great joy, it talks about exceeding great joy, it talks about abundant joy and it
even talks about a joy that is indescribable – "joy unspeakable."
Don't you wish you had more of it? I want to tell you that if you drink from this
well that Jesus turns into the new wine, this water of life, if you drink from it you'll be
happy. You'll have joy. You'll have peace. Your frowns will turn into smiles. Your
burdens will be lighter and there will be strength in your life. The prophet said with joy
you would draw water out of the wells of salvation. Didn't he say it? Oh, thank God for
the new wine that Jesus brings that brings joy.
2. The New Wine Is in Abundance
This miracle sign also symbolizes abundance. Here was a new living, unending
source. The other day I had a most wonderful experience. I went over a mountain or two
past Dayton and got over into what's called Cane Creek Valley. If you haven't been there,
don't take a vacation and go to the Smokies or way off someplace else. Just go sixty-six
miles right over here to the prettiest valley and the prettiest creek where rainbow trout run
and you can see them flash in the sun, and all that.
You know what I did? We fished for a while and then long about lunchtime I had
a big sack of sandwiches and stuff. My wife accuses me when I go off on a day like that.
She says you just go to eat. You just pack up stuff to go to eat. She's about right too. But
anyway, we took our lunch and we went around the side of the road and there coming out
from under the mountain was a spring like you have never seen. A stream of water that
was so cold it would hurt your teeth. We drank from that spring and I thought, "Oh my!
How many people there are in this world who are really dry and shriveled and thirsty and
if they could just somehow come to the fountain of living waters and drink then they
would find joy and peace for which their life is longing!"
You here me now. Here's an abundance of God's grace and power. Jesus, drawing
from a living source, turns water into wine. I declare to you there's a whole river of this
water of life that you can drink from. It is an inexhaustible source of supply.
Joel talks about it and how that in the days to come there would be times of great
abundance and harvest and the fields would be great and just wine everywhere. He said,
"In the last days God is going to pour out of His Spirit." Not just some little sprinkling.
He is going to pour it out.
Amos got so carried away when he prophesied and talked about it he said why the
time will come when even the mountains will drip down sweet wine. What he is saying is
that the grapes will just grow so big and great that they'll burst with their luscious
goodness and just drip, drip and pretty soon there is little rivulets of fresh new wine
running down the hillside.
Abundance! What I want you to understand is that God has an unending source
for whatever you need. He has an abundant supply. There is no limitation on the supply.
The only limitation is on the receptivity. That's all, because His supply is abundant.
I say to you that's the way it is now. That's the way it is now for you if you'll just
simply go to the right place and if you'll drink from the Master's hand and let Him hand
you whatever realities of life that may be around you, He can turn it into something
beautiful and glorious. He can take the plainness of water and He can turn it into the
redness of wine with its sparkle and its beauty and its taste. And, oh, life can be beautiful
and filled with blessing.
3. The New Wine Is a Symbol of Suffering and Death
Then finally, wine is a symbol of suffering and death. Red like blood! Wine
testifies of the blood that was shed. In Isaiah, in that beautiful poem of the winepress in
Chapter 63, it says, "Who is this that cometh from Edom with his garments dipped in
blood? ...He has trod the winepress alone." Here is the picture and here is the vision – the
You see, it is in the winepress where people place the fruit of the vine, the grapes,
and put it under pressure. The grapes themselves, the fruit, lose their identity and they're
turned into something else – into the very essence of what it is to become. It drains into
the wine vat and goes through fermentation processes and all kinds of processes and
becomes the liquid that brings the celebration of joy.
That's the way of salvation. It took the blood of Jesus Christ and His treading the
winepress alone and walking through until His whole life was crushed. But even when all
the weight of the whole world and the weight of all the sins of the world put Him in that
winepress of Calvary, from Him flowed water and blood and it gives life and cleansing to
every man and every woman that looks to Him and believes.
This is what Jesus wants to do with us, the church. He wants to take your life and
the fruit you bear and put that and you in the winepress. He would even like to walk on
you with His feet, so to speak, until in humility and love and surrender you're crushed –
until your will is crushed, your life is crushed, and you look up to Him and say, "Lord, be
the Lord of life, I surrender it all. I give everything to you. Make any demand on me you
want to, Lord, I'll comply." That's how He turns the church into the wine of joy and
cleansing that reaches out to bless the world.
One reason why the church has seen difficult days is because we are not taking
that cup of salvation and calling upon the name of the Lord and offering drink of the wine
of God's love and grace to those that are about us. We're not taking that cup of the wine
of God's cleansing blood and power and pouring it in where there is hurt and
contamination and sin and iniquity and evil. God help us to get drunk on the wine of the
Holy Spirit of grace and go share!
Did you ever see anybody drunk that didn't want you to take part with them?
That's one of the odd things about people who become intoxicated. I used to have a very
good friend that I worked with. He got drunk every Friday evening after he got off from
work. He was a building contractor. The n on Saturday night about midnight when I
needed to be getting sleep and getting ready for Sunday morning, here he came. He
wanted me to pray for him. That went on for months. Finally, one time I told him, "Glen,
when you quit drinking it's going to be when we roll you down the isle of a church with
your toes sticking up." He said, "Oh, brother, don't talk like that. If the Lord will just help
me, which I know He ain't, I'll never drink another drop."
He was never satisfied to be by himself because when he was out partying, he
wanted to include a lot of the others. When that was over, he wanted the prayers of the
pastor. Oh he finally got saved, thank God, and delivered. It took a long time.
I wish today that somehow the church could once again climb to the upper room
and be touched of the Holy Spirit, get drunk in the Spirit of God, intoxicated with living
joy and flooded with great peace and glorious outpourings of God's praise and power. Let
us just take us as drink in His hand and say, "Here's where you can find joy, here's where
you can find cleansing, here's where you can find a satisfying cup to meet your need."
That's what He wants with a church – to put us in His winepress and turn us into
the new wine. If Jesus can take the water from a well in Judea and turn it into the best
wine people ever tasted, He can take your life regardless of what it's like now – He can
take it and touch it and perform a miracle in your life and turn you into a source of
blessing. You want Him to do it? If He does, it will mean first of all, getting happy, full
of joy in your own heart.
Let us together join in a prayer. Don't pray, "Lord take away my burden or help
me overcome this trouble or Lord open this door or that." Rather, pray a kind of a prayer
that just says, "Lord, give me a taste of the new wine of God's love and grace and let me
be blessed that I may have joy."
I've seen it happen – the miraculous. I remember the night when I was in a revival
meeting in Mississippi and Cecil Guiles' father came into a little country church with his
overalls on and when he got saved. The man's extremely emotional and he didn't know
how to contain himself because all of a sudden the burden was gone and he was so happy
and delighted he was completely beside himself.
Yes, he got drunk in the Spirit of love. Just let the Lord give you to drink. Let
Him fill you with joy. It might cure your nervous condition. It might give you a bright
optimistic outlook on life, to be touched with holy joy. Oh, the Bible says, "A merry heart
doeth good like a medicine." Let Him pour His joy in your heart.
The first miracle of Jesus: Turning water into wine at the marriage feast.
Denomination: Church of God
Thompson's Chain Reference: 3812 (Christ - Power over Nature)
Author(s): F.J. May, D.Min.
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