Day 2 • Do Whatever He Tells You

John 2

The Wedding at Cana

1 The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”

4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8 he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.

9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”

11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

12 After the wedding he went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples.

Jesus Clears the Temple

13 It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. 15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. 16 Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”

17 Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”

18 But the Jewish leaders demanded, “What are you doing? If God gave you authority to do this, show us a miraculous sign to prove it.”

19 “All right,” Jesus replied. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

20 “What!” they exclaimed. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can rebuild it in three days?” 21 But when Jesus said “this temple,” he meant his own body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said.

Jesus and Nicodemus

23 Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. 24 But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew human nature. 25 No one needed to tell him what mankind is really like.

  • http://? felecia courtright

    i heard but havn’t done but JESUS keeps asking . this was the past i want to hear, listen, and fallow make this truth my HEAVELY FATHER in JESUS name AMEN

  • Kyle

    I need’ed this.

  • http://www.personalchefonthego.com Tonia Rolle Jones

    I know that in 2010 the Lord to everything from me and my husband except our children, health and home. He has been showing me that we were not listening to His will and the only way to make us see was to start over. We are slowly getting things back like our jobs but now we are more thankful and set aside His portion first. Like what He showed in the story-when you do what you are told blessings flow like wine.

  • Skip Brower

    This incredible 1st miracle of our Lord tells us the importance of complete DEPENDENCE on Him and His Word. I know that I must always seek Him for He never fails to guide me. His timing is perfect and my prayer will be answered! Alleluia!

  • stephanie

    Dear Lord,
    Thank you for the many blessings you have already showered upon me and my family.I ask for the dicipline and will to put your needs first.Everything is for Your glory>i ask that you be God over me!!
    Your child

  • Layton Haley

    The greatest thing to me about the significance of the empty jars is that in my life the church to me was an empty place. This is the reason for years I never gone back. Had the church’s ceremonies become all dried up…no joy with no blessings back then? Was there a time that religion become so empty that it took Jesus to provide a sweeter taste to religion with a newness? I believe that He performed this miracle to include steps for us to participate with Him to show us that he fills to the top, and He gets the Glory for others to see. I see the water as the Word that will continuously satisfy as being filled with the Holy Spirit when we are empty. Question: Was the number six significant to on the sixth day God made man and Man had become empty and hard as a clay jar?

  • mike

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Vera Wiseman

    Lord, as I participate in this 21 day challenge to become more like you in having a more discipline lifestyle; I ask that you help me to do what you tell me to do.

  • Jose Luis Perez, Jr.

    The first of countless miracles to come. Even to this day, he continues to work miraculously.

  • Lea

    Thank you SOOOO much for making this where it is available for iPhones!

  • Debbie GS

    I thank God for having a plan for my life, not leaving me to wander alone. His plan draws me closer to him and impact others for him on my journey. He works miracles in my life daily. Thank you jesus. Thank you Woodlands Church and Pastoral staff for following God’s plan for our community.

  • L.R. Griffin Jenkins

    The greatest lesson that I have to keep learning and re-learning in the new year is to look to Christ and do as he says and model him. He shows the perfect way. Many times my emotions order my steps or my ambitions pave the road. I have to keep knowing in the midst of my unrest and despair that Christ knows what is best for me. I have to give him the reins and just ride. Amen.

  • bonita ramirez

    I have read this passage over and over in my lifetime, but never quite read and understood about the temple being rebuilt in 3 days. I know your body is God’s temple, but until this morning never understood what He was saying before. Thank you Kerry, for being so faithful in your obedience in Christ. I need pastors like you that talk about everyday things of how we can be a better follower of Christ.

  • Lori Hofferber

    Thanks again Pastor Kerry!

  • http://www.gmail.com Ryan Bentley

    What a miracle and that just shows how God can perform them in our daily lives so esily

  • Gayle Bradshaw

    Good Morning all. WOW, I am struggling as a mother of grown sons where to and how to positively influence my sons toward being godly men without over stepping the lines of respecting their manhood as adults. How interesting it was to me that Jesus told his mother his time had not yet come and then turns around to perform his first public miracle after his mother says to the servants do as he says. I pray that God will reveal to me how, when and what to say to my sons to bring them closer to the Lord and Live for HIM. Thank you God for this word today.

  • Diane

    V.17 “Passion for God’s house will consume me.” What an awesome truth for us to follow, when so many feel that it’s not important to attend church regularly and faithfully. If Jesus had this passion, how can we take it so lightly??

  • Diane

    Influencing adult children will be through 1) prayer, 2)example, 3) love, love, love. Sometimes we feel that we had a chance to rear them correctly, but that time slipped by while we were trying to get our own act together. But once you commit them to God’s hands, you can stand aside and watch him work in spite of our mistakes. Sent to you with love and my prayers for your sons.

  • Jeannette

    it is good to read others percpectives. thanks for sharing. Gayle- youre right! i also have had a stong faith that my children will have a mighty work for the LORDs glory and then give Him the glory for it. i found it interesting that vs 24-25 says that Jesus said he would not trust men for he knew what was in them. ouch…wish I’d gotten that much earler in life! our lifes are for GOD we should live them to impress HIM in all we do – it’s all for Him in our trust and faith. 2 peter 1:3-4

  • Keisha Womack

    It’s easy to just keep doing the same things over and over, but it is extremely challenging to Do What He Tells Us To Do! Our Human side often overpowers us and makes us forget who’s in the driver’s seat! This chapter reminds me that God understands, but needs us to BELIEVE AND TRUST IN HIM!

  • Elizabeth O’Dell

    I loved it when Jesus turned the water into wine. Just think about all the wonderful things that Jesus can do in our lifes if we just believe in him and learn to lean on him and learn to listen to that still small voice that we hear or feel within us. Thank you Pastor Kerry for teaching us how to let the Lord be in the driver seat. Have a wonderful day!

  • Christina Villarreal

    I started the first day last night and after reading I felt I should start my day with the Lord. I rarely having the extra time in the mornings and often feel rushed but in some way I was given the extra time with no rush to be with the Lord and start my day in peace. I did the same thing I do every morning with same amount of time. Thank you Lord. I will never doubt you.

  • Cari Alvarez

    It is so cool to see how JESUS interacted w/ people in real life picture stories, while here on earth as GOD in the flesh, how the wine was a picture of HIS supernatural cleansing blood, and how HE was angrily and jealously protective of what was GOD’s in the cleansing of the temple, AWESOME!!! Thanks again Pastor Kerry, and have a great day! :)

  • Randy Johnston

    I am weak, but He is strong. His knowing of what is in my heart and mind will strengthen me as He guides me to be what He wants me to be. Thanks Pastor Kerry for direction and inspiration.

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  • Althea Campbell

    I’m absolutely loving these scriptures… reading about Jesus’s actions on Earth. I loved what he did at the temple. You go Jesus! You’re the Man!! :-D

  • Roberta

    This is a great plan for our church – 21 days of sacrificial praying and reading God’s word. Thank you for joining in.

  • Sylvia

    WOW… Depsite what He planned our Lord honored His earthly mother (one of the 10 commandments)!

    Thank you for this study!

  • Woodlands Church

    @skip thank you for sharing your comment

  • Woodlands Church

    @stephanie great prayer, Stephanie!

  • Woodlands Church

    @Lea you’re very welcome! more and more of our people are accessing our content on mobile devices so we are trying our best to make it accessible for them

  • Woodlands Church

    @L.R. so true. learning and relearning. definitely an ongoing process. thanks for sharing!

  • Woodlands Church

    @jeannette yes, it is great to see all the comments. it helps to know that you are going through this 21 day journey with so many other people

  • Woodlands Church

    Great comments from everyone! Keep them coming. And don’t forget to invite your friends and family to participate in the ’21 Daily Encounters With Christ’ journey through John.

  • Bethany Burghoff-Lainhart

    Great Day 2! Trying to do what God tells me to do everyday. The small steps are easy, it’s the big ones that frighten me. I pray that with the listening, God can also ease my mind and teach me to trust…Like Mary.

  • Mr. Worthy

    The devils at it again. Just as I started Kerry’s video, my wifi went out…several tries later, it’s back on. The goodness in my heart WILL prevail,with the Lord at my side.

  • Fonda

    So many view Jesus as Pastor Kerry has stated on numerous occassions as weak…I would say he was anything but weak in the Temple that day. This scripture paints a very vivid picture of one that is strong beyond our imagination.

  • Shivana Khoza

    For me, the message of obedience to Jesus resounds in the first part of the chapter, and the reward that comes with obeying Jesus… The people at the wedding feast I am sure enjoyed the finest wine they ever had, through obeying what Jesus instructed… Over 2010 I went through a very trying time in my office, and through it, I was asking for God’s deliverance and help. As I held on to the negative emotions that the situation conjured in me, I thought that God was not answering my prayer… My attitude to those who I felt had “wronged” me was not one that demonstrated I saw Christ in them too, and I (wrongfully) justified this with all my human rational… I neglected to really listen to what God was instructing me to do, which was to let go of the negative feelings, let go of the feeling that I needed to be vindicated, and forgive the wrong I thought was done. Let go, focus on living the way He calls us to, showing kindness and respect to others (His simple command to love others as I love myself) and trust that He will work it all out. At the end of 2010, I went on vacation, and during that time, I prayed intensely for God’s guidance in this situation. I prayed for Him to deliver me from it, so I will not have to go back to the office… At the end of the vacation period, I realized that I will be going back to the same job, but what God impressed on my heart instead is to make every effort to treat others with respect, and no longer harbor the negativity of the previous events (which was sapping my peace and joy). My prayer as I returned to work is to leave the office everyday knowing that regardless of the situation I gave my best efforts, and I tried my best to treat others with fairness and respect. Since I have been back, God has been filling me with His peace and joy. By the simple act of obeying His instruction to change my behavior, Jesus has started to turn the “watery” situation I faced into a fine wine… Thank You, my sweet and mighty Jesus.

  • Nicole Williams

    This is a wonderful series! I’m still pedaling, thank you Lord for driving!

  • Susan Denise

    Well said, Diane, I agree with you!

  • Denine Temple

    It is great to know that Jesus cares for us so much that no matter what we do or say, it doesn’t take away his love.
    Denine

  • Rachel A.

    SURRENDER. That is what God is telling me to do. I love that even though I have moved I can still be a part of FOTW. I created a prayer closet @ my home & have that empty chair for Jesus. I picture Him beside me while he teaches me about sweet surrender. Please Lord remind me of all the things I need to surrender to you today. In Jesus name, AMEN.

  • Blanca Alvarez

    As I go into the 2nd day of this challenge with God, I thank him for all the miracles he has made in my life. I am so grateful for LIFE and for this I ask him to guide me thru life and ask that he continue to make miracles happen as I surrender my soul to him. Amen.

  • Bernadette Pena

    Its only the 2nd day and yet its so amazing…Thank You Lord for being there for me and my family..without giving up to you..it wouldnt be possible..You will always be in the driver seat of my life..

  • Connie

    I am trying hard to hear God’s often still quiet voice for the guidance I need to know what is next in my life. Thank you Lord for being patient with me.

  • John M.

    Dad (God), I pray for a passion for your house that will consume me. A passion for your people, for your will in my life. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you. I give you control of my life as my LORD, not just my Savior. Amen

  • Jimmy Rife

    When Jesus said,”My time has not yet come.”, but He performed the miracle of turning water into wine, why would He show His glory to them? Was he pressured by His mother when she was persistant by telling the servants to “Do whatever He tells you”?

  • Billy

    Two years ago now I lost my home. A friend took me and my family in to his home to give us a chance to start anew with a clean slate. During this time I have almost removed all my debt but, most importantly other things started to happen during my time at his house. I met some people that got me reading again but, not novels and magazines. But, real books on character and relationships and the best book in the world the Holy Bible. I started changing without realizing that I was. My family is stronger today than it has ever been. My elephant (subconcious) mind is starting to dream again and showing my mouse (concious) mind that all things are possible. I am learning constantly and I am constantly reminded daily that all things are possible we just to have faith and be willing to apply and chase after that dream with action. Faith in the Lord should be chased after and followed on a constant basis.

  • John M.

    As I understand it, Jesus was beginning His ministry. He was using signs and miracles to show people His glory. His mom knew who Jesus – knew His power as the Son of God – and was telling the servants to listen to Jesus – to give control of their lives over to Jesus. It would be very easy for the servants to question and hesistate to do what Jesus asked – they were needing wine and Jesus asked them to fill the jars with water. But Jesus’ mother knew otherwise.

  • http://yahoo.com Tiffany McKenna

    @Billy – faith was the take-home-lesson for this chapter for me, too. I’d be willing to be that even though this was prophetic of his death and rebirth, that even if they would have destroyed that synogogue, Jesus would have rebuilt it in 3 days too.

    I can relate about the changing without realizing it. It’s like you suddenly wake up one day and realize what you were like 1 year or 2 years or 4 years ago.