Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Water Into Wine

I love the story that is recorded in John 2:1-11.  In it, Jesus and His disciples are at a wedding celebration.  The wine runs out, and Jesus is made aware of it.  So what does He do?  He turns water into wine.
I preached on this miracle this past Sunday at church, and I'm still thinking about it this morning.
What does this miracle have to do with us today?
Consider the following...
[1]  Jesus is full of compassion.  In that culture and time, it was considered highly offensive and very rude if the groom and bride ran out of wine at a wedding party.  Hospitality was a mighty big deal back then.  If the guests found out there was not enough food or drink, they would think less of the newlyweds and run down their name in the community.  Jesus understood that; therefore, He intervened and fixed the problem so they would not be embarrassed and shamed. 
That's how Jesus rolls!  He cares about people.  And He injects Himself into the lives of those who hurt.  Why?  So He can lend a helping hand. 
Are you hurting?  Jesus cares.  Your problem does matter to Him.  So ask Him for help.
[2]  Jesus can bring about change.  He turned water into wine.  That actually was His first miracle.  Can I scientifically explain how He did it?  Nope.  But I do believe He did it.  And so should you.  It's not hard at all to believe Jesus could do that.
What a powerful Savior He was and is!  If He can change water into wine, then He also can change us.  It's happened before, you know?!  Jesus is into the life changing business.
Do you need some changes in your mind, heart, or life?  Jesus can more than handle it.  Ask Him to transform you.
[3]  Jesus teaches us to bless others without calling attention to ourselves.  He turned this water into wine very quietly, with only a small group of people knowing about it.  Jesus didn't ask everyone to gather around the water pots, strut His stuff, and say, "Ta-da!  Look what I just did, everyone!".  Nope, not at all.  He did it privately.  And He did not seek applause from others in the process.
What an awesome example He sets.  Through His actions, Jesus teaches us to bless others privately without making a big deal about it.  When we help people without seeking applause or thanks, our hearts are in the right place.  We're lending a helping hand with the right motives.  And that, my friend, is a beautiful thing.
Do you see someone that needs a little help?  Then quietly, privately bless them by taking action on their behalf.  And don't advertise it to others.  When you do this, you're becoming more like Jesus.

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