Is wine of the devil? Some Christians treat it as though it is. The temperance movement of the last century even managed to control and abolish the sale of all alcohol including wine and beer. So does that make the answer to the first question, “yes, wine is of the devil”? Is so what did Jesus turn water into? And is this passage really about grape juice anyway?
Here is what Rev. Peter Harris found as he studied this passage and spoke on it at Grace.
His message is entitled Transformation and Restoration.
Let’s dig deeper into HIStory: John 2:1-11
1. Have you ever witnessed a miracle?
2. Why are people fascinated with magic or slight of hand?
3. What is your opinion of wine?
Read John 2:1-11
1. Where do these events take place? (John 2:1)
2. Who are the participants and witnesses to these events? (John 2:1, 2,5,9)
3. What does the Bible say about marriage? (Gen. 1:27-28, 2:18-25, Prov. 18:22, 19:14, 31:10-12; Eph. 5:30-33, 1 Tim 4:1-3;
4. What was the issue? Who brought it to Jesus attention? (John 2:3)
5. How did Jesus respond to His mother? (John 2:4, 7)
6. What were the jars used for? (John 2:6; Mark 7:2-5)
7. What did Mary tell the servants to do? (John 2:5; Gen. 6:22; Heb. 11:8) Did they? (John 2:7,8, 15:14; Prov. 3:5-6)
8. How did the master of the banquet react to what the servants brought? What happened to the water? (John 2:9-10) Was it grape juice? (John 4:46, Eph. 5:18, 1 Timothy 3:8, 1 Timothy 5:23) (Hint: The Greek word for what Jesus made is the same for what the wedding feast ran out of and the one used in Eph. 5:18.)
9. Is wine the main topic of this passage or is it about something else? (Ex. 4:9; John 1:50; 2:11; 3:2; John 14:11; John 20:30-31)
10. Is anything to hard for Jesus to solve in your life?
11. What one thing will you ask Him for in faith this week?
12. When is it wise to abstain from drinking wine? (see Proverbs 20:1; 21:17; 23:29-35; 31:4;1 Corinthians 10:31; Rom. 14:6,13-14)