Daily Devotion Friday, January 17

Friday, January 17, 2014 – Psalm 51; Genesis 6:1-8; Hebrews 3:12-19 and John 2:1-12

John 2:1-12 – 1On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

12After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there a few days.

For the fun of it let’s say 3 jars held twenty gallons and the other 3 thirty. This would mean that Jesus made 150 gallons of wine. Now that’s a lot of wine. Or it was somewhere between 120 to 180 gallons of wine. This must have been some party.

This is the first miracle that John recorded. Why is it first? Why did Jesus feel the need to do this? Many may have become amazed once they learned who miraculously made the wine, maybe especially the bridegroom and his parents.

What stands out to me is the saying; “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” In sending His Son, God had saved the best for last. Before this there was life under the law but with Jesus we have life under God’s grace. God did save the best for last and it is of this that we are invited to drink.

Psalm 51 – 2   Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.

10  Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me. ….
12  Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.

7  The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

O God, help me drink deeply of the great life, the priceless life that you have offered through Christ. It truly is a priceless gift you offer us and one that can give us wonder filled life. Be with the two people I visited with that wanted a word from you. I pray through me you planted seeds of hope within their heart, mind and soul. Amen.

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