Scripture: John 2-4. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
As we read through the New Testament and the Book of John, we read that Jesus performed many miracles, for his mission was to do the work of God, loving, helping, and teaching others. Through these next chapters of John, we learn about Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding festival, how Jesus encounters both belief and unbelief from the people, Nicodemus visiting Jesus, and Jesus talking to a woman at the well. Follow along as we continue reading in the New Testament, John 2-4!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Mary, Jesus’ mother, submitted to his way of doing things. Just like Mary trusted Jesus to always do what was right and best, we, too, should submit and allow him to deal with the problem(s) that we bring to him, trusting him for the outcome. Miracles are events that demonstrate God’s power. God can do anything, and He will always do what is best for each of us. God’s temple was being turned into a marketplace and misused by the people. They had forgotten that God’s house is a place to worship Him and not for making money. When we attend church, we must remember that it is a place to worship our Heavenly Father. Nicodemus seemed to know the Old Testament of the Bible thoroughly, but he didn’t understand what it said about the Messiah. Not only should we strive to learn and know God’s Word, we should also understand God and the salvation that He offers. God will save us from our sins when we are sincere and ask for forgiveness. We must be sure to thank Him for sending His son to die for us. We all struggle with challenges that appear throughout our lives; however, Christ came to change our hearts and to empower us to deal with life’s problems from a different perspective, from God’s perspective. 🙂 God wants us to be His hands and feet in this world, doing God’s will and work, and helping to bring His work of salvation to completion. We can always use our past experiences and mistakes as an opportunity to introduce others to God and His son Jesus.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of John and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.