Wednesday – November 8, 2017–The Role of Sensation
John 2:1-11 (NIV) On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
11 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.
The reason that John wrote his gospel was to prove that by believing in Jesus Christ, you would receive eternal life. He wrote it to show that Jesus is the Son of God. Why then, when he began to show the verifying signs that proved the claims of Christ, would he start with one that seems so insignificant compared to the other miracles that Jesus performed? After all, the only thing that He did was to save a young groom some embarrassment, or was that all?
Could it be that He wanted to give us a picture of what our futures would be like and what it would cost to secure those futures?
First, our futures are going to be one long wedding feast with the headiest of fares. The feast is going to affect the mind and senses greatly. It is going to be exciting and exhilarating and dare we say, intoxicating. It is going to be thrilling, stirring and stimulating. It is going to be so much more than this world could ever offer. Jesus promises that He is going to be the groom and we (the church) will be His bride at that feast.
Pastors officiate many weddings and have the same view of the bride coming down the aisle as does the groom. After talking to several pastors who have done many weddings, they all have said the same thing. The bride was much more beautiful in her bridal gown and accoutrements than normal. That is the way that Jesus sees His bride all the time. We are beautiful in His eyes and as a result He was willing pay a great price.
None of that can happen until Jesus sheds His blood on the cross. In communion, wine is the symbol of Jesus’ blood. Jesus’ blood must be poured out before the wine can flow. He must suffer and die and then we can experience the wedding.
Prayer: Thank You Jesus that you are concerned about my feelings and have paid such a great price to secure my future. Thank You that You are not only concerned about my eternal life, You also care about my life now and provide healing as well as being concerned about every detail of my life. You love me so much that You even come to the party.