The One Year New Testament

August 7

John 2:1-12

John 2:1-12

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

12 After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.

Reflection

The miracle of turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee is the first of seven “sign” miracles that John chose to record. Also included are the healing of the royal official’s son (4:46–54), the healing of the paralytic at the Bethesda pool (5:1–17), the feeding of the 5,000 (6:1–14), the walking on water (6:16–21), the healing of the man born blind (9:1–41), and the raising of Lazarus from the dead (11:1–46). In John’s account of Jesus’ life, the miraculous signs answer the question, “Who is Jesus?”

What do we learn about Jesus in this first sign? We learn that he has power over the material universe. So who is Jesus? He is the One who causes the eternal blessings of God’s kingdom to flow in overwhelming abundance for the sake of the joy of God’s people (Joel 3:18; Amos 9:13–14; Jer. 31:12).

He is the Lord of glory, who calls us to put our hope in him so that we might enjoy his eternal blessings.

2 Timothy 4:9-22

2 Timothy 4:9-22

Do your best to come to me soon. 10 For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry. 12 Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15 Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. 16 At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! 17 But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

19 Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus remained at Corinth, and I left Trophimus, who was ill, at Miletus. 21 Do your best to come before winter. Eubulus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers.

22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.

Reflection

Paul was abandoned by a man named Demas, who was “in love with this pres­ent world” (2 Tim. 4:10). Demas had not seen the foolishness of living for the temporary pleasures of this life at the expense of his own soul (cf. Mark 8:36). In contrast, Paul shows us how to live like a citizen of Christ’s kingdom. He has forsaken countless earthly pleasures for the sake of the eternal reward that is found in Christ alone. Though Paul has been deserted (2 Tim. 4:10, 16) and opposed (v. 15), Christ has given him the strength to endure hardship and spread the gospel (v. 17). His hope comes from knowing that Jesus will faithfully bring him “safely into his heavenly kingdom” (v. 18).

Psalm 115:1

Psalm 115:1

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!

Thoughts For Prayer

Where are you finding your hope today? Ask God to comfort, encourage, and strengthen you with the hope that he will safely bring you into his heavenly kingdom (2 Tim. 4:18).

Missions Prayer Requests More

  • August 7, 2022

    Supported Workers: Edgar (& Lety) Rivera, Neri (& Karina) Rivera

    Country: Mexico

    Pray that God would give Edgar wisdom in directing the Missions Aviation Fellowship (MAF) work in Mexico. Pray for the three Equipping Servants International (ESI) groups that Edgar is leading in Oaxaca. As Edgar and Lety’s son, Juan, and his wife, Amy, prepare for missions, pray that God would confirm their call. Pray for Edgar as he heals from fractures from a motorbike accident. Pray that Neri will have wisdom as he leads ESI groups in Chiapas. Neri and Karina are attempting to integrate four orphans (9 to 14 years old) into their family. The authorities currently have the siblings living together on their own. Pray for wisdom and patience during this time and for the adoption process to move forward smoothly. Pray that the church plant will continue to grow, and that God will provide funding for a building. Pray that God will continue to bring spiritual fruit as his Word is proclaimed in Oaxaca and Chiapas.

    Spain (Europe). Population: 48,701,629 Believers: 1.0%. Few churches can afford to pay for a full-time pastor, let alone a team of them. As a result, churches must use bi-vocational pastors or be entrusted to full-time foreign missionaries, who end up pastoring instead of church planting. There are at least 15 seminaries and Bible schools. Some newer, larger churches provide in-house leadership and theological training. Pray that these schools would be filled with young Spanish future leaders, shaped by solid instruction in the Word of God. From Operation World DVD-ROM 2010, www.operationworld.org