He Gets Us!
Love and forgiveness is something we all need. We all have pain. We all have sorrow. We all have doubts. Jesus understands all of this…and the story of Jesus is for EVERYONE. Join us as we examine the life of Jesus through the eyes of those that knew him personally. Together, we will find hope and purpose because HE GETS US.
He Gets My Confusion
WEEKEND IN REVIEW
So far in this series, we’ve talked about how Jesus gets our hopelessness, our restlessness, and our desperation. In this week’s installment, we’re talking about how Jesus gets our confusion. A lot of things in life can be confusing. Work can be confusing. Relationships can be confusing. For some of us, math can be confusing. Language can definitely be a great source of confusion. Throw the concept of God into the mix and people can be very confused. The bottom line: Jesus is the answer to our confusion about God. Come along with us on this study and see how Jesus revealed himself to clear up our confusion about Him.
Begin with some conversation, checking in on how people are doing. You can talk about whatever you’d like, but here are a few potential questions to get the conversation going.
- This weekend Jake challenged us to be real, so in keeping with that aim, can we all admit that we have experienced moments of absolute embarrassment? Can you briefly share about a time when you were totally embarrassed?
- In our text today from John 2, Jesus rescues a bride and groom and their families from a moment of great public embarrassment in front of their entire community. Their faux pas was running out of wine at their wedding reception. What is the funniest, or most awkward, or most embarrassing, or maybe even most awful thing you’ve ever seen at a wedding or wedding reception?
- Read John 2:1-3. Keeping in mind that up to this point Jesus had not performed any public miracles, why do you think Mary brought the “no more wine” problem to Jesus?
- What surprises you most about Jesus’ response in verse 4: How he addressed her? It is not our problem? It’s not my time to be the Lamb who is going to be slain as a sacrifice for human sin? (Here’s how verse 4 reads from the paraphrase called “The Message)
- In light of Jesus’ response to his mother, how would you explain what’s going on in Mary’s mind by her actions in John 2:5?
- To appreciate the details in verse 6, we need to do some math. How many water jars were there? __________What was the maximum each jar could contain? __________ How many total gallons of wine were produced? ________ There are 128 ounces in a gallon, so how many total ounces of wine were made? ___________ Divide that number by the number of ounces in an average bottle of wine (25 ounces) = ________________ . By our standards today, how many bottles of wine did Jesus gift to this couple? ___________ What was the quality of the wine Jesus made? John 2:9-10.
- In addition to the miraculous transformation of water being turned into wine, how do you explain such extravagant generosity?
- Read John 2:11. What did John call this event? Why did he include this story in the gospel he wrote? See John 20:30-31.
- What effect did this miracle have on Jesus’ disciples? John 2:11.
- By performing this miracle, what did Jesus reveal about Himself? John 2:11.
- What does this miracle reveal to you about Jesus’ power and abilities?
- What did this miracle reveal to you about the generosity of Jesus?
- What does this miracle reveal to you about Jesus’ heart for people?
- What effect does this miracle have upon your faith in Jesus and your love for Him?
wrap up | prayer
Share prayer requests and spend time praying for each other.
UPDATE: Please continue to pray for our Pastor Gene and his wife Barbara, their daughter Alayna, and her husband Sam. Alayna’s and Sam’s baby girl Maezie passed away a day after her birth. While we know she’s in the arms of Jesus, the entire family is heartbroken. Please pray that the God of All Comfort would carry them through this painful time of sadness and grief.