January 12 – Chronological Gospels

“Come, follow me.” — Jesus (Matthew 4:19)

We are starting the new year off right by following Jesus through the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, wrapping up on Easter on April 1st. We’ll be hopping around the four gospels for a chronological perspective of Jesus’ life on earth. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

John 2

Jesus Changes Water Into Wine

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.

Jesus Clears the Temple Courts

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”
19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

SOAP Note

The Strangest Things | Dyea Rowland

Scripture

John 2:7-8

Observation

John wrote his gospel to let the world know that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah and that He became human. John focuses a lot on miracles, which he calls signs. These signs are given as evidence to show that Jesus is God’s Son. Even though Jesus performs the first miracle, He speaks of His greatest miracle in verse 19. John knows that Jesus is human, because he saw Him die on the cross and conquer that death in three days, just as Jesus spoke.

Application

You asked Your servants to fill the water pots, and they obeyed Your strange request. Sometimes my human brain doesn’t understand the strange things I’m asked to do; but when I obey, wonderful things happen. I want to keep obeying and watching for the miracles to come.

Prayer

Father, just like changing the water into wine, You’ve changed me. There is still so much work to do in me, but I’m excited for the even more strangest things to come! In Jesus’ name…Amen.

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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  1. I’m sure no one’s surprised here that I have something to say! I have always enjoyed joking that Jesus turning water into wine is one of my favorite stories, but after looking into it a little deeper today, I think it might actually be one of my favorites for real now!

    I love that my Bible points out that good wine is a symbol of God’s blessing (totally agree!). And how great is it that John’s first record of Jesus’ miracles is filled with so much symbolism – good wine is a blessing and Jesus, the one who made the wine, is the greatest blessing of all. The family was facing public shame for running out of wine, but Jesus saved the day. Just like when we were facing eternal shame and separation from God, Jesus stepped in and saved the day by spilling his own blood. And wine is a symbol of that spilled blood when we take communion. Even more, Jesus was reluctant to perform this miracle, but his mom basically made him and he obeyed. We also know he was reluctant to go through with the suffering and death he faced on the cross, but his Dad made him (well, it was more than just that, but for comparison’s sake…) and he obeyed.

    I just love the symmetry of the two events that bookend Jesus’ ministry on earth!

    P: I know exactly what it’s like not to want to do something so badly. But I’m so thankful, Jesus, that you did it anyway because I literally couldn’t be here right now doing what I’m doing if it wasn’t for You. And the good news, for both of us, is that even when we don’t want to do something, it always turns out good in the end. Bringing glory to God, no matter the cost, is always worth it. Thank You for that lesson today, please help me to remember it! In Your name, Amen.

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