A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Chinese proverb
Text: John 2:1-11
Prop: A wedding invitation.
Summary: Jesus performed his first miracle in Cana (pronounced KAY-nah) of Galilee at a wedding. We must be willing to take the first step in following Christ for our life to change.
Have you ever been to a wedding? This is a wedding invitation. (Show invitation.) It is used to invite people to a wedding. Weddings are happy times. Many friends and relatives gather to share in the beginning of a couple’s new life together as husband and wife. After the wedding a reception is held with lots of cake and goodies to eat. I bet you like that part the best! (grin) Today I want to tell you about a wedding that Jesus was invited to attend and what happened there.
(Read John 2:1-11.)
It was common to drink wine at weddings in Galilee. At some point during the wedding reception they ran out of wine. Mary, the mother of Jesus, told him this. She encouraged Jesus to begin to show his power as the Son of God. Jesus knew that it would be much later in his ministry before he would do his greatest work of salvation on the cross, yet he chose to do his first miracle at this wedding. So Jesus turned the ordinary water into a fine wine. It was so good that the governor of the feast complimented the groom for saving the best wine for last.
Jesus is the Son of God and has power to change anything. He can change the worst sinner into a child of God! One day there will be a wedding in heaven and you have been invited to attend! The wedding will be of Jesus (the groom) to his church (the bride). People who ask Jesus to be their personal Savior will be there. Just as God created marriage for a man and woman to enjoy a close relationship, he wants us to be in a close personal relationship with him for all eternity. That starts when we are born again.
Sometimes the hardest step to take in making a commitment to follow Jesus is the first one. When you know that the Holy Spirit is urging you to step forward and profess Christ as Lord, you must be ready to answer God’s call. Jesus may have hesitated to perform his first miracle, but he did it. You may be a little shy too, but you will never regret your decision to trust Jesus as your Savior and Lord. It is the most important decision of your life! When you take that first step, God will perform another miracle. He will change your ordinary life into everlasting life and you will become a child of God!
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