John 2:10

“And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

The wedding celebration had progressed, and the wine served to the guests was now gone. Mary turned to her son, Jesus, and made a request that only the Son could fulfill. Six great stone jars stood empty, waiting to be filled with water for the Jewish ritual of purification – approximately 120 – 180 gallons total. It was to these that Jesus turned His attention, commanding they be filled to the brim. That a miracle was performed would unfold in due time, and in its unveiling, we see Christ’s glory and His intent to do us good manifested.

 

Men can fill jars, but God does better. His wine was superior in every way, of higher quality than anything served before it. This is seen not only in the excellence of the wine but also in the volume of it. Is this not the Chronos of the Christian life – that the best is unfolded to us? Like Lucy in The Chronicles of Narnia beholding Aslan from year to year – God becomes larger to us, His company more lovely, His presence filling us with increasing joy.

 

There is no doubt that to the devoted follower of Jesus Christ, and to His confessing Church, the fullest enjoyment of His best is yet future. God has loved us all along the way, but He has saved the best of His love for the end. Heaven awaits us and the sweetest wine of the fellowship of His love will be our eternal intoxication. For us, the end is just the beginning.

 

– Pastor Jack

 

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