Thursday, April 19, 2012

Manifesting Glory in a strange way

30 Days with Jesus

Day 4 - John 2 v 1 - 11

"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. - v 10 & 11

The Jesus Experiment is all about exploring how Jesus thought, felt and acted. And when you start actually reading his story for yourself, rather than listening to what others say about Him, you are in for a few surprises.

Although not an earth shattering revelation for most, this small story always reminds me to let Jesus talk to me through the pages of the scripture direct rather than second or third hand filtered revelation.

My experience growing up seemed to be a little different to Jesus experience of a wedding. 

It would seem that Jesus attended the party. Us Christians attended the religious service. Ate the meal. Made a point of drinking orange juice as opposed to wine. Then as the band struck up all us Christians LEFT! Jesus stuck it out to the end. How do I know? Well the wine he made was drunk at the end of the night when usually the cheap plonk was served when people were too drunk to know the difference.

Jesus miraculously created gallons of wine. That people obviously DRANK. And it would seem that from the account in the Bible the wine was a Premier Grand Cru not plonk. Somehow I think that Jesus started to appear on a number of wedding invitation lists over the next few months!

I say this not to suggest that as Jesus Disciples we should be out partying every night and drinking too much. That's crazy!

But this experience always reminds me that we can get invested in stuff Jesus never wanted us too. 

Staying at the party till closing time gave him more time with people that so desperately needed him why would he go home? And changing peoples heart was top of his agenda a change in there behaviour would surely follow.


Brian Osisek said...

Thanks Bill for the interesting post. I've heard many pastors try to explain away that the wine was not alcoholic. It seems strange to me that so many can be fundamental on so many topics, but when they need to make something fit their narrative they don't let the scriptures speak for themselves.

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