The Good Wine Kept Till Now
by ezekiel olukolajo
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And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. John 2:1-8;
A number of things can happen to a man which may result in sudden termination of excitement while his celebration is still on. That was the situation at the marriage in Cana of Galilee. In the midst of merrymaking, while the excitement of the couple and the invited guests was at the peak, their wine got finished! This became a source of serious concern not only for the couple, but also for the Lord’s mother who was equally part of the celebration. The need to urgently rescue the situation and save the couple from imminent embarrassment and shame prompted her to bring the situation to Jesus so as to invoke divine intervention.
Wine is a symbol of joy and happiness; when it got exhausted while the marriage celebration was still on, it could be concluded that the excitement of the event has come to an end. A number of reasons could be responsible for wine finishing in the middle of the celebration; the couple’s provision was probably not sufficient to sustain the event till the very end, and this exposed them to serious embarrassment and shame. Running short of wine in the midst of celebration can be likened to running short of fuel in the middle of a journey on a lonely road in a dead night; nothing can be more frustrating, nothing can be more traumatizing! If not for the Lord’s timely intervention, the couple would have been terribly disgraced, people would have had occasion to mock and make jest of them. Just as the couple’s provision was not sufficient to sustain them to the end of the event, we also must realize that our strength cannot take us through the journey of life; we need God at every point and moment of our lives to escape shame and disgrace. Jesus Christ alone has the good wine that can constantly inject joy into our hearts and strengthen us till the end of the journey. With Him, our joy will not be short-lived, our celebrations is forever!
It is noteworthy that when there was shortage of wine at the event, the situation was brought to the Lord Jesus. This was possible because the He was there at the occasion. The newly wedded couple was very fortunate Jesus Christ was at the occasion. Some people think that they have enough wisdom and energy to go through life without relationship with Jesus, a little wonder they meet with brick walls and are left without hope in their times of need. The good wine that Jesus gives is only available to those who have meaningful relationship with Him. Just as the Lord Jesus came to their rescue and injected the good wine when their happiness and joy nosedived, the Lord will always show up at every critical moment of those who have affinity with Him.
Another condition for receiving the good wine is complete obedience. Having received a clear instruction from the Lord’s mother ‘Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it’, the servants obeyed every instruction given by the Lord to the letter. They did not rely on their senses or attempt to rationalize what they were instructed to do. Those who are wise in their own eyes and question the Lord can hardly receive divine intervention because the gospel of Christ is to them that perish foolishness. If Christ must intervene and inject the good wine into your life, your obedience must be complete.
It goes without saying that there is no wine in history that can be compared with the good wine the Lord Jesus introduced at the marriage in Cana of Galilee. The reason is simple; the best can only come from above! The world may offer things which give temporary pleasure and happiness but everlasting joy comes only from above. Experience has shown that the happiness that the world gives may offer excitement at the beginning, but at the end it brings bitterness and anguish of soul. The good wine that only Jesus Christ gives however remains the source of joy that lasts till the very end. With Jesus, your joy is unceasing; your victory is a lasting one.
Copyright June, 2010(c)
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