9-10 When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!”
John 2:9-11, The Message
14-21 That’s when Peter stood up and, backed by the other eleven, spoke out with bold urgency: “Fellow Jews, all of you who are visiting Jerusalem, listen carefully and get this story straight. These people aren’t drunk as some of you suspect. They haven’t had time to get drunk—it’s only nine o’clock in the morning.
Acts 2:18-28, The Message
The first miracle Jesus performed was turning water into wine. The wine was so exquisite that the host was wondering why it was kept back till last. The first miracle on the Day of Pentecost was that the disciples were so filled with the life of the Spirit that they were accused of being drunk with new wine.
We can see a parallel between these two miracles.
God in Christ enjoys hosting us and He doesn’t hold back from us if we are willing for Him to lavishly pour His blessings on us. Most times, we think we need to earn our blessings or deserve them by some good behaviour on our part. If we think like that, we are actually frustrating the grace of God. This is because you are putting more emphasis on what you do than what God has done.
If you are not prepared for God to serve you first, you will find serving others challenging. This is because you will treat ministry as a “form of tribulation”, and not a celebration of God’s overflowing grace. Unless Peter allowed Jesus to wash his feet and also his hands and head, he could not serve others with the same humility and radical posture as demonstrated by our Lord.
Every fresh move of God always leads to greater advancement of the Kingdom.
The Reformation restores a new preaching of the gospel and it precipitates a new proclamation of the gospel to the ends of the world. We are at the point in history where God our Father is releasing more sons and daughters to do greater works than we have ever known before. Like the wine served at the wedding in Cana, we will be looked upon by the world as if God has kept us for our finest hour.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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