Sonnets On The Vine
The wedding party danced into the night.
Such hearty laughter reached up to the heights.
The happy couple gave the world to see
Another clue: the best is yet to be.
A celebration surely needs good wine,
And guests expect a feast on which to dine.
With music for the joyous dance to heed
What further store could anybody need?
They had their fill, the food was running low.
Unthinkable---the wine should also go!
Behind the scenes a miracle occurred;
The servants knew, but didn’t breathe a word.
The steward of the evening swore aghast:
“How come you’ve saved the very best for last?”
Can branches wild be good for anything?
For kindling, sure, but any lasting use?
Amazing thought, the Gardner came to bring
These branches to the Vine and grafting fuse.
His work to make them whole none dare abuse,
His purposes for fruitfulness revealed
As they mature. Their fruit in radiant hues
Confirms the truth: the Master’s plan is sealed.
Belonging to His body, though concealed,
We recognize His treasure in the wild.
How glorious to see whole nations healed
As fruit goes out to every hungry child!
Oh taste and see, you’ll find the Lord is good!
He bears His fruit upon recycled wood.
The drunkard doesn’t care about the taste,
His cravings drive him to the very worst
Of vintage sour, bitter, wretched waste.
He’d kill himself to satisfy such thirst.
How has he come to be in such a state?
The workers in the vineyard want to know.
Have all their labors come and gone too late?
Or will their Master’s guidance finally show?
No wrath of man can bring the stolen back,
But kindness, rather, woos the victim lost
From empty searching, finding naught to slack.
“Here, taste the Wine poured for you without cost!
“The Master of the vineyard knows your thirst.
He drank the dregs, so last ones might be first.”
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. ---Hebrews 2:9
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb - Apart from the miracle of the Master, the wedding party falls flat; with the Master the best is yet to be.
The Church of the Firstborn - Without the Vine, we are nothing but chaff; only as God grafts us into the Vine, the power of His love overflowing through us, can we bear good fruit for God‘s Kingdom.
The Last Shall Be First - Except for the Savior of the world, the sinner is doomed; Jesus tasted death for everyone, so we now find our dying thirst satisfied in the streams of Living Water.
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