written by Pastor Jonathan
In the Book of the Gospel according to John: John preached; I am the one crying in the wilderness; make straight the way of the Lord, as said the Prophet Isaiah. And when asked by the Pharisees! Why do you baptize with water, if you are not the Christ nor Elijah or the Prophet? You see the Pharisees were more concerned that John did not seek their permission or even have their authority and was doing this contrary to their practice. So when asked the question; He replied, there stands one among you, whom you know not; He it is, who, coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These Jews did not even know that the Messiah was already among them.
Now, the very next day after all this questioning; John saw Jesus coming unto him and John said; behold, behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sins of the world. After John baptized Jesus in the river Jordan He saw the spirit descending from Heaven like a dove and it abode upon Him (Jesus). This is now symbolizing the beginning of the ministry of Jesus: the full anointing of the Holy spirit; and John said; I knew Him not; but he was not referring to Jesus at this point; he was merely saying that Jesus is truly the Messiah and not according to the flesh but rather by Revelation from on high, just as the Holy Spirit had said. Upon whom you shall see the spirit descending and remaining on Him, the same is he which baptize with the Holy Spirit.
On the third day, which being three days after the time Jesus had spent in the wilderness with the temptations; now His public ministry is beginning and He journeys up to Cana of Galilee where both Jesus and the few disciples He had were with Him; they were called to a marriage; His mother was there also; and when they wanted wine because they ran out of wine; the mother of Jesus said unto Him, they have no wine. Of course it had to have been the Holy Spirit who said to Mary to let Jesus know they need wine; otherwise how would she know he could solve the problem they were facing. But Jesus said; woman what have I to do with you? My hour is not yet come. But Mary just continued as if she hadn’t heard; and she said to the servants; whatever He says unto you do it! Now there were six water pots of stone, after the manner of purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. (let’s just take a moment and clarify something here that’s very important; the number six represents man, and always fall short of perfection represented by the number seven, called God’s number) the water pots held between 18 and 27 gallons each; Jesus said unto them fill the water pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. Jesus knew He was ready; He had received the message from His Heavenly Father as to what He should do. So Jesus said; draw out now, and bear unto the Governor of the feast. And they bear it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was; (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the Governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and said unto him, every man at the beginning set forth the good wine; and when men have well drunk, they that which is worse; but you have kept the good wine until now. This was the beginning of the many miracles Jesus did. This miracle showed that Jesus could change things miraculously.
The faith of the Disciples increased due to the manifestation of His Glory in the changing of the water to wine. Isn’t this awesome isn’t this wonderful; the power of the Holy Spirit has fully anointed Him for action; you see the anointing is always for a purpose. When you hear the term anointed been used right away it tells you that God is at work here; He is present; You can’t anoint yourself, you have to be anointed by the Godhead. Needless to say a fear came on all the people, and they Glorified God, hallelujah; and this rumor spread throughout the region. Jesus performed over 45 known miracles in the time of his ministry. I am not sure any was more significant than the other; they were all great works of God. When Jesus was leaving this world on His way to Heaven He said; All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, and even to the end of the ages.
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