This party is way, way bigger than you think

Do you know Jesus’ first recorded miracle?

Yep, turning water into wine.  John 2:1-12

What happens?

Wine runs out at a wedding party.  Jesus tells the servers to fill 6 large clay jars with water clear to the brim.  Each jar holds about 25 gallons.  The servers did as Jesus said. (These rather common jars were used for ceremonial washing.)

Jesus then instructs one of the servers to take some “water” from one of the jars and let the maitre d taste it. The server does as Jesus suggests and the host for the evening (the maitre d) is blown away.  Immediately he rushes over to the bridegroom and says, “This wine is unbelievable.  Unbelievable!  Where did you get this?  How did this get past me?  The quality is amazing.  I’ve never tasted anything in my life of this quality.  Never!  How did this not get served 2 hours ago?  Truly unbelievable.”  (Laughing out loud) ….  You can really let your imagination go on this one.

That’s about 100 bottles (nine or 10 12-bottle cases) of the most opulent Cabernets from the famed Napa valley in California.  Unload bottles of this near the end of your wedding party and watch the reaction.

I then started pondering this verse:  “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.” (John 2:11).

I wrote in my journal: “This revealed that the Messiah was on the scene, breaking into the world.”

Then I wrote, “What does this mean for me, Father?”

This thought immediately popped into my mind:  “Son, your heart — your human heart — has beat (boom-boom, boom-boom, boom-boom) about 1,970,000,000 times, since your party began [that’s one billion, nine-hundred seventy million times].  How’s that for breaking into your world?”

“Unbelievable,” I said out loud.  “Unbelievable.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”  — Literally!

So, is that little heart of your beating today?  … Boom-boom, boom-boom, boom-boom… You think your Creator might be taking care of you?  Providing for you?  Turning a little of your water into very expensive wine?  Watching your back side?

Well, my friends, how’s that make you feel?  Like nobody loves you?  Really?  Are you serious?

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