Greetings to those who love our generous and faithful Heavenly Father
I loved Ray’s message last Sunday, quoting the words of Mary the mother of Jesus – ‘They have no more wine’. The wedding celebration of Cana of Galilee was going to end on a dismal note, an embarrassment to the family of the bridegroom. This was disaster.
I find it very interesting that Jesus likened Himself to many things. He was Bread, He was Water, He was the Good Shepherd, He was the Gate, etc. I don’t believe He said He was wine. At the wedding, he supplied wine.
It seems that wine is typical of celebration. Bread is considered a staple, or basic need. For five thousand hungry people, Jesus multiplied the bread so that all were satisfied. Wine has the connotation of celebration, and good times. And Jesus shows, in His first miracle, He supplies this also.
A number of years ago, Tony Campolo wrote a book, ‘The Kingdom of God’ is a Party’. From Matthew 22, Campolo quotes Jesus as saying, ‘the kingdom of God is like a father who prepared a wedding feast for his son’. Sounds like party time to me! Good food, good company, dancing and good times. And the Father wants his servants to invite others.
Sometimes I think, we in the kingdom forget that we have a celebration going on. We are trying to be good, trying to follow all the rules, and are involved in serious matters like life and death. And it seems like we think we must have long faces and grim outlooks. This shouldn’t be the case! ‘Therefore, with joy shall you draw water out of the well of salvation’ is an Old Testament reference that doesn’t sound like doom and gloom. God’s people have been ‘redeemed’, no longer slaves, but free, and have new life! God’s people should be the happiest people on earth. We have something to sing about! It’s time we celebrate!
I’m not stating this to add to your list of ‘now I have another chore, – to be happy’. The celebration is a natural outflow of thankfulness and joy of being part of the redeemed, and part of the kingdom of God.
May you experience joyful abandon as you serve our king this week.
Determined not to look like I suck on lemons,