Let’s be clear this morning: The testimonies, examples of faith, and daily living experiences that we read and study in the Bible were written with intent and purpose. In fact, there are many things that the Spirit of God did not lead the writers to transcribe. We were given just enough to journey through life.
“Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.” John 21:25 NLT
The examples in the Bible are intentional and deliberate. For example. In John the 2nd chapter, the Bible shares Jesus’ first open miracle of which He performed at a wedding. Most have heard (or used) this story in some capacity. In summary, Jesus, his family, and disciples attended a wedding. The wedding attendants were turnt up so much, that no one realized that the wine was low. They ran out.
Mary, Jesus’ mother, turns to Him and says: “They have no wine.” Now, I don’t know if she was just telling Jesus, just out of conversation about the evening’s event…you know, we all have done this before, right? You have been at an event with someone, and you people watch. You checked out the scenery, you observe what people are wearing, you talk about the food and the cake too; but I’m inclined to believe that Mary wanted Jesus to “do what He do.” Yeah, she knew who Jesus was. She was there when the angel spoke to her. She was there when her cousin little John was filled with the Holy Spirit in the womb, and Mary raised the Son of God up to adulthood (oh that’s powerful right there- I’m going to leave that alone).
Jesus’ response is interesting as well. He says: “So, what do you want me to do, Woman? It’s not time for my glory to be revealed.” In other words, it was not yet time for people to know who Jesus truly was. But, you know how mother’s are.
She was basically telling Jesus He was gone do something. Mary tells the servants to do whatever Jesus says to do and Jesus turns water into wine.
Jesus turns water into wine. Jesus – the word made flesh, the Son of God…chooses His first miracle to keep the party going. He didn’t open any blind eyes. He didn’t cast out a devil. He didn’t raise anyone from the dead. He turns water…into wine.
If the word is so intentional, wouldn’t this be controversial? Wouldn’t God know that people would use this scripture to mean that it is okay to drink alcohol?
Oh but I thank God for His omniscience and the Holy Spirit for its revelation. This situation is a metaphor. Here we see something that we take so common, something that is vital and important to life, being translated, transfigured, and transformed into the highest of quality.
Come on, here!!!!
That is who you were. You were the water. Filled with life, but something or someone knocked you down. They didn’t appreciate your value. They didn’t recognize your vitality. You were unchosen, looked over, talked about, cast down and a castaway. No doubt some people thought you weren’t good enough. Others gave up on you doing anything positive with your life. Some said you would be nothing. But GOD!
“A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” John 2:10 NLT
Just as the master of ceremony above said that the wedding party saved the best wine for last, God saved (you) the best for last. He gave His best. He sent Jesus to perform a miracle in our lives. Jesus took our watered-down situation and MADE us sit together in heavenly places with Him and called us royalty.
You are a winner. What you have gone through has qualified you. Some will say you’re great. Some will say nothing at all. Some will say you’re right. Some will say you’re wrong. Some will still view you as plain ole water. But thanks be to God, who has given you the victory. Walk in that victory. God has given us the strength through Jesus, to be great in Him.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV)
Go be great! The best view comes after the hardest climb.