John 2:10 He 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.” (NIV)
I think it must have been the best wine ever produced in history. Why? Because the person who miraculously made it was Jesus, so He would make it the most perfect wine ever. It wouldn’t be mediocre or some of the cheap stuff folks now buy in supermarkets. It would reflect the sovereignty, power, and grace of God all in one, so it must have been the best wine ever made. Perhaps we’ll get to taste how good it was when we participate in the great Heavenly Feast that is yet to come.
I like the process that Christ uses here. He has empty vessels filled with water which, when poured back out, has miraculously turned into wine. As well as being a miracle, I think it’s also a reflection of what Christ can do for each one of us. He receives our empty lives and fills them with His Living Water of God’s Word, and then, when we are ready to share this blessing with others, it is poured out and received as a wonderful wine of Christ’s mercy, grace, and love. In other words, He miraculously changes us in order to share the fruits of our faith with other people.
Today, and throughout this coming weekend, we will be given opportunities to share our faith with our families and friends, acquaintances and strangers. Let’s hope and pray that what we pour out from our spirits will be something sweet and palatable, exceptional and life-changing.
Point to ponder
How has Christ changed the emptiness in my life? How have I shared my faith with others?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for filling our lives with Your love and grace, mercy and compassion. Grant us opportunities today to share these blessings with the people we encounter. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.
John Stuart is the pastor of Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. You can read the church website at www.erinpresbyterian.org. You may also send John an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. John reads all the emails and enjoys your feedback.
Today’s image is one of John’s Communion drawings called ‘Epiklesis.’ If you would like to view a larger version, please click this link: Wine.