In John chapter 2, verses 12 to 17, we readthis: â€œAfter this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother and His brothers and Hisdisciples, and they stayed there a few days. The Passover of the Jews was near and Jesuswent up to Jerusalem and He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep anddoves and the money changers seated at their tables. And He made a scourge of cords anddrove them all out of the temple with the sheep and the oxen and He poured out the coinsof the moneychangers and overturned their tables. And to those who were selling thedoves, He said, â€˜Take these things away, stop making My Father’s house a place ofbusiness.’ His disciples remembered that
it was written, zeal for your house will consumeMe.â€� Now remember, the overarching purpose of John’sentire gospel is stated in chapter 20 and verse 31, and I remind you of it every timebecause it’s the reason for everything that John writes. You’re going to be able toquote this from memory, â€œThese have been written so that you may believe that Jesusis the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.â€� So he hasa.an apologetic purpose, a polemic purpose to prove that Jesus is the Son of God, theMessiah. And then he has an evangelistic purpose, so that you will believe that and in believingthat have eternal life. Everything in this
gospel then is driven in the direction ofproving the deity of Jesus Christ, proving that He is divine, that He is the Word madeflesh, that He is God who was with God by whom everything that exists was created. Allthe way through by the action of Jesus, by the miracles of Jesus, by the works of Jesus,by the words of Jesus there is evidence of His deity. Now when we come to the miracle that we justread, on the surface it may not appear as a miracle because nothing really obviouslysupernatural takes place as it does in a resurrection or a healing, or the casting out of demons,or the creation of wine as we saw in the first
miracle in the prior passage. But this isnonetheless a miracle. It is a miracle of mammoth proportions, and I will try to helpyou to understand that. It is a miracle driven not by compassion, but driven by anger. Thefirst miracle that John records and the beginning of miracles that Jesus did was a private miracle.It happened among family and friends; it happened in the little town of Cana nine miles outof Nazareth with people they knew and grew up with. Mary was there and the family ofJesus and the extended family, and this was a.this was the first miracle and it wassort of His embarkation point as He left thirty years of obscurity and did a miracle for familyand friends.
The second miracle is not a private miracle;it’s not a family and friends miraclethis is a miracle in which tens of thousands ofpeople participate, and they’re not watching and they’re not innocent bystanders. They’rein the middle of the drama and the power and the divine energy of this miracle. It is amiracle, as I said, not driven by compassion which is why Jesus made wine and why He castsout demons and why He heals sick people and why He raises dead people. Those are miraclesof kindness and compassion. But at the beginning of His ministry and the end of His ministry,He did two miracles, essentially the same thingHe threw the entire mass of humanityat Passover out of the temple. He did it at
the beginning and did it at the end. Thosewere not miracles of compassion, those were miracles of holy anger and they were previewsof future judgment, a judgment that would come in the destruction of Jerusalem temporarilyand a judgment that will become a reality forever before the throne of God at the GreatWhite Throne. And what causes Jesus to do what He does hereis an ageold problem and one that we must address as well. If you go back to Isaiahchapter 1, all the way back before the Babylonian captivity, way back into the era of Isaiah,you read this, coming from the mouth of the Lord, Isaiah 1:11, â€œWhat are your multipliedsacrifices to Me?â€� Josephus says there would
Pastor Joel Osteen on Following in His Fathers Footsteps l SuperSoul Sunday l Oprah Winfrey Network
OPRAH: Did you know what you were gonna preach on? How did you figure that out? PASTOR JOEL: I just started coming up with some notes. And I ended up telling a bunch of funny stories about my family and, you know, tied it back into faith. But I was you know, I was so nervous and talked so fast. OPRAH: By this time, though, your dad had gone to the . Was he not in the ? PASTOR JOEL: He had to go to the that Friday due to some complications from dialysis. He’d been on dialysis three months. He still seemed very healthy. So we hooked him up by the
telephone. Back in 1999, didn’t have the internet like today. And we hooked him up and he heard me speak my first sermon. I got up there and I had to hold onto the podium. I was so nervous. My first thought was, why is everybody staring at me? OPRAH: (Laughter.) PASTOR JOEL: I’d never seen it from that point of view. OPRAH: That is funny. PASTOR JOEL: So anyway I spoke OPRAH: Because you’re the one speaking. PASTOR JOEL: I know. I know. So I spoke and I was so relieved. We went up to the . We saw my dad. The nurses stopped me in the hall and they said, Joel, we have never seen your dad so proud. He just beamed with joy. And of course that made me feel well. OPRAH: Yeah. PASTOR JOEL: Well, little did I realize
that next Friday, my dad had a heart attack and he died. He went to be with the Lord. And I thought, what are the coincidences of me speaking the last Sunday of his life? Because he was healthy, for the most part. OPRAH: Yes. PASTOR JOEL: And so here’s the thing. About two or three days later, after I got past the shock of my dad dying, I felt that same feeling that said, I’m supposed to step up and pastor the church. And, again, every thought said, are you crazy? You’ve spoken one time. You think you’re gonna get up there and pastor it? But I knew I was supposed to do it. And I took that step of faith. PASTOR JOEL: But I got up there to minister and I thought, I’ve got to be like my dad. I mean, all these 6,000 people, they’ve come every week, you know, a
lot of ’em for years and years, and if I don’t teach like my dad and preach like my dad and use the same you know, I just felt like I it’s not OPRAH: So at first when you were doing it, you were trying to imitate your dad. PASTOR JOEL: Right. OPRAH: You were trying to invoke him. PASTOR JOEL: I was. The first few few months, I felt pressured to be him. Not in a bad sense, because I love my dad. But I just thought, you know what? I felt like I needed to be because that’s what everybody expected of me. OPRAH: Yes. PASTOR JOEL: Because they’d been there all these years. But then one day about three or four months in I realized, I’m not good at being my dad. I’m not good at preaching his messages. He came from a Southern Baptist
background. He’s more fiery. And I thought I’m laid back. I’m good at encouraging people. Talking about life. PASTOR JOEL: And it was about that three, four, five months in I read a scripture that said, quot;David fulfilled his purpose for his generation.quot; OPRAH: Whoa, that’s good. PASTOR JOEL: I felt like I heard something here. I said, Joel, your dad fulfilled his purpose. Go be you.