Thursday, December 17

The best!

Scripture: John 2-4

John 2:9–10 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”

Observation

Jesus’ first miracle in John’s gospel was turning water into wine at a wedding.  It wasn’t a party trick.  It was done behind the scenes—the master of ceremonies didn’t know where the wine was from, and no doubt the bride and groom didn’t either.  So it wasn’t showy.  It was a quiet act of compassion.  A wedding was the most celebrated event in a person’s life—the party lasted a week, and the couple were treated like royalty.  To run out of food or drink would have been a major faux pas—a shame.  Jesus made wine out of water to spare this couple embarrassment and to make their wedding celebration a success.  It was a kindness, pure and simple.

I love Jesus’ compassion!  He cares about the details.  Right down to the quality of the wine.  As the MC pointed out, most people would serve the best wine first, and the lower quality later, when people had too much to drink.  Jesus could have made mediocre wine and no one would have noticed or complained.  But that’s not how Jesus works!  He made the best wine!  So good that it astonished the MC!

Mark 7:37 “He does all things well.”  

Application

Expect the best from Jesus.  Ask Him to work in your life, and then expect the best.  Jesus does all things well!

Prayer: Lord, I’ve got a list of things I want to invite you to do—just like Mary asked you to help at the wedding.  I’ll ask, I’ll trust—and I believe You will do the best!