A little wine?

Here’s a Bible trivia question: What was Jesus’ first miracle?

Yeah, you know the answer, (or maybe you don’t). The first time Jesus performed a miracle in human flesh was when he changed the water into wine at the wedding at Cana.

I would like to use this miracle to point out something very interesting. Or, very interesting to me. Jesus said, ” I am come that they[us] might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10b Jesus came and died, so that we could live. The second idea that we gather here is that God wants us to live in a more abundant way.

Christ died so that we could enjoy His blessings as well as His greatest blessing: fellowship for all eternity.

Now, let’s think back to the wedding at Cana. In John 2, we have the account. Jesus and Mary are at the wedding. They run out of wine. (A tragic cultural faux pas, but not much more) Mary looks at Jesus and says, “They have no wine.” Jesus understands the implied question, and basically says no.

The next second Mary is taking charge and telling the servants to listen to Jesus. Jesus gives instructions. Water is poured in the pots and it turns into wine. The rest is history.

I want you to think about this. Jesus intervened and used divine power to help a friend save face, and give a little more enjoyment to a wedding. He wasn’t curing illness, dispelling wrong doctrine, or saving a life. (or so I think) What’s more, when the governor tasted the wine, he said that it was the best at the wedding.

I would like for you to consider that Christ cares about your enjoyment of life. God wants you to enjoy life. Don’t get me wrong, God does not want you to appease the flesh into sin and lust. God wants you to obey Him and put Him first. But after that, God desires that you enjoy His creation.

Think again of the wedding. The people didn’t need the wine. The could have drank water. And even when God provided the wine. He didn’t have to give them the best. God did it because it pleased Him to provide good things.

So I challenge you, next time you desire something, don’t hesitate to ask God for anything that is on your heart. If you are desiring something that would be detrimental, I’m sure He will let you know. But who knows, maybe He will just bend the law of physics so you can enjoy more of His creation.

In all seriousness, just ask.

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” – Matthew 7:11

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