Glory Seed Devotional 05/07/2014

A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD

Water to Wine, Ordinary to Extraordinary…

“When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother told Him, “They don’t have any wine.” “What has this concern of yours to do with Me, woman?” Jesus asked. “My hour has not yet come.” “Do whatever He tells you,” His mother told the servants.” (John 2:3–5, HCSB)

As I read the account of Jesus’ turning water into wine this morning I found myself intrigued by it because of its uniqueness. Most of Jesus’ miracles were about healing, casting out demons, calming storms, feeding hungry people, and even given people new life but his first miracle was about a party, a wedding party. My first real encounter with Jesus’ water to wine miracle was while in the Navy, “If Jesus turned water into wine it must be okay to drink alcohol then.”

For years I never gave it a second thought accepting it as Jesus’ way of introducing himself as a miracle worker. Then this morning I found myself asking the why and what question. “Why did Jesus turn water into wine and what was his message?” I am sure there are deep theological/historical answers however I am not a theologian nor am I a historian I am simple man needing Jesus as much as I love him searching for simple answers to the complexity of life. I believe one of the reasons for Jesus’ appearance in our world was to simplify God thus reducing the un-knowable to the knowable.

As I prayed for insight and understanding about the water to wine miracle I began to experience how Jesus through the Holy Spirit transforms the ordinariness of our lives into the extraordinary. Suddenly I experienced heart surgery and a subsequent heart attack going from “bad” to a deeper relationship with God. The more I thought about it the more needful and the more powerful my relationship with Jesus became, the more I could experience the transformation of “junk” into “treasure”.

For me this is Jesus’ underlying message of turning water into wine. “Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us. We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed… Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:7-9, 16-18, HCSB)

Believe it! Experience it!

Grace and PEACE!

Gary

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Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said.”

(John 20:19, NLT)

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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

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