JOHN 2 verses 1-12

 

The first miracle Jesus performs during His ministry is at a wedding feast in Cana. There are many ways we can look at this event where Jesus changes some ordinary water into great tasting wine. We can look at it as a miracle on its own right. This is important as it showed that Jesus has power over elements, to change the nature of them. Also we can look at it from the way the servants obeyed him. They had not tasted what came out of those jars, but they did as Jesus requested of them. They took it to the master of ceremony, for him to taste it. Obeying God is very important as we later see the result of it.

 

But I want us to see it from God’s viewpoint which, His ways and plans are the very best which no one else can surpass. The comment the master of ceremony made is that this new wine brought to the party was the BEST. He did not know where this wine had come from, but I am convinced that the enjoyment of the party at the wedding was prolonged due to having this better wine.

 

The conclusion of this event at Cana for me is that God does not deal in second best. He only provides what is the best. He never will short change us. That is why He gave His best – His only Son Jesus. God previously spoke through and used patriarchs like Moses, Samuel, David, then through prophets and finally when the time was right He sent His very best, His own Son – as quoted in Hebrews1:1 "In past times, God spoke to our forefathers in many ways and at various times but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son." God gave so that our joy will be never ending.

 

In giving Jesus, God in His infinite wisdom and provision met judgement with grace. It is interesting to realise that when Moses was used by God, he turned water in to blood in order to bring judgement upon the Egyptians. This led to great distress because they could not use the water. BUT when Jesus turned water in to wine there was great joy. This event also allows us to realise that from day one God wants us to enjoy life, but in His way. As Matthew 5:17-18 declares that in Jesus, the law was fulfilled and in fulfilling it, Christ brought to all who take Him as their Lord and Saviour eternal joy, satisfaction and hope.

 

The love that God has for each one of us, He showed by giving His very best and He accomplished it in His own way and in His perfect timing. We were not involved in accomplishing that plan, BUT we are involved in accepting it and allowing Him to change our lives. When our lives start to be fashioned according to His pleasing, we begin to see and realise that in all circumstances our joy never diminishes.

 

Furthermore, just as He is able to change elements, so is He able to change ordinary, fallible, uneducated/educated, well known or just nobodies into vessels for His own use. He called men like Peter, James, John, Andrew, Philip, Nathanael and many others and made them into apostles. He is able to take the “weak and foolish things of this world” [people like us] and transform us so that people will marvel at God’s grace, provision and power. All He asks of us is that we allow Him to change us in His way, so that He becomes known.

 

Finally we see in the passage that Jesus asked the servant to take some water and give it to the ceremony master. They did as they were asked. Remember Jesus had not said a word to change the water into wine. The BEST was provided. The servants obeyed, the ceremony master was delighted and the wedding party was full of joy.

 

What is God asking of you today?

 

What is your response?

 

Remember what joy was brought at the wedding. Sometimes it may not be obvious why God asks us of certain actions or puts us in a place which does not seem right in our or the worlds eyes BUT believe that what HE is doing is not only the best, BUT in His choosing we are the best instrument.

 

Mohan Shah

 

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 The Apostal Paul's Letter to the Church at Colosse

 

The reason why the city of Colosse is mentioned in Scripture is that there was a church there. It is not mentioned in the book of Acts as Paul never visited it. He did not start the church there. He had however heard of their faith. The church was the result of out growth from Ephesus, where Paul ministered for 3 years (Acts 20: 17-38).

 

There was a definite need to write in order to correct things that were going wrong. Having heard of them, their faith, Paul prayed for them and showed his concern for them, that they might grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (Col 1: 3-8). He was concerned that they should lead a life that was worthy of the Lord Jesus (Chp 1:10).

 

His starting point is the pre-eminence of the Lord Jesus Christ (Chp 1:15-18). The emphasis is on the ‘all things’. The phrase is mentioned five times. It includes everything and leaves nothing out. The universe in which we live is firstly for the glory of God and His honour, even our salvation is for the glory of the Godhead. The pre-eminence of Christ will be seen when He comes again to reign.

 

The Apostle then goes on to deal with various practical aspects of our salvation. He reminds the believers in chapter 2 verses 13 -14 that God has wiped out all those things that were against us, they have been nailed to the cross of Christ. Because of this there is then an emphasis on the daily walk and daily living of the believer; our lives must show forth the glory of God.

 

In chapter 3, Paul brings before us the practical aspect of our salvation. There is a need to be pro-active not just passive; it is the outworking of our salvation. In Philippians 2:12 we are reminded to ‘work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’. The first 4 verses of Colossians 3 mention 5 things which have taken place in the life of the believer:

We died with Christ – v3a

We live with Christ – v4

We are raised with Christ – v1

We are hidden with Christ – v3

We are glorified with Christ – v4

 

Now how do we seek those things which are above? We are to set our minds on things above not on things of the earth. We are to make a habit of this. It does not mean that we become so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good, but we are to look at things from a heavenly viewpoint. For the earth and its things are passing away; they are temporary. That which is permanent is the heavenly and we see it by the eye of faith.

 

The out working of the Christian life is actively as far as our hearts and minds and will are concerned, there are things to do: ‘to put off – to put on’. As we wear clothes, we put off the unclean and put on clean. There is positive activity in the Christian life. Verse 5: we are to put to death our members… verse 8: we are to put off all these… verse 9: since you have (past tense) put off the old man with his deeds – then verse 10: put on the new man…verse 12: we are to put on love… verse 15 and 16: and then let the peace of God rule in our hearts; let the Word of Christ rule in our hearts… let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.

 

To sum it all up, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through Him, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

R. John Wheeler