Devotion: Monday, January 21, 2019

Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, with reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s verses are from John 2:1–11, where the Bible says,   

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and… Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine” …. Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So, they took it. 9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

Jesus — He Brings Real Celebration to Life!

I love that title, don’t you? In a nutshell, it says what faith in Jesus is all about. He is “THE way, THE truth, and THE life” (John 14:6), and faith in Him brings His way, truth, and life to our lives as gifts of His grace. Wow! This call to repentance and faith is an invitation to receive life, His abundant life, as a gift. And that’s what we see in this first event of Jesus’ public ministry. Amidst Christ’s purposeful walk to Calvary to become God’s redemptive sacrifice for sin, He stops by a wedding! Yes, and a small-town wedding to boot.

There are all kinds of questions elicited by this simple act of attending a wedding and then turning water into wine. The activities of Jesus at this wedding challenge us as to consider what is really common and what is incredible, what is ordinary and what is extraordinary. In fact, it challenges our notions of what we think God should or shouldn’t being doing. It also challenges our notions of what joy and real celebration are all about.

What’s Jesus doing troubling himself with this couple’s problem? They ran out of wine right in the middle of the wedding feast. They were close to becoming the laughingstock of the neighborhood, and Jesus helps them. I think this event shows us the full extent of His love for us. He cares for our eternal lives, yes. But He also cares for our daily lives, our common lives, our joys, and our sorrows. Why? Because He cares for all of who we are, and all of whom we were created and redeemed to be.

It’s interesting to note that many of the details of this wedding are not recorded. In fact, we don’t even know the name of the bride and groom. I think that reminds us that, even though Jesus cares for us personally, the main point of this first miraculous event is that His mission is to bring eternal joy, eternal life, and an eternal celebration of life to ALL WHO PUT THEIR FAITH IN HIM! This is not to dismiss or devalue the day to day joys and challenges of this life. But, when the details of this wedding fade to the background, we are left with a Savior who is marvelous indeed. He cares for us through and through. And especially during those times when all things seem to be going wrong, when we are tempted to think that God doesn’t care for each one of us personally, this event reminds us that Jesus is God with us. He is the God on your side. He is God in the midst of your day to day lives to bring you the things eternal. He, as only He can, brings real celebration to your life, now and forever.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, help us to see your grace and joy not only in our successes, but also in the midst of our struggles, for your love for us never fails. AMEN.

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