Water to Wine

ChangedPowerPointTitleSlid I love the story of Jesus' miracle at the Cana wedding. This
Sunday, we kick off a new series on John 1-12, entitled, Changed: How and Why
Jesus Makes All the Difference. We'll begin with the miracle at Cana.

It’s significant the first miracle that Jesus performs in
the gospel of John is to create wine at a wedding where it’s run out. What we see
throughout the ministry of Jesus is that He is very much at home at parties,
weddings and feasts. In fact, when He tells stories in an effort to help people
understand the kingdom of God, his favorite
setting for the story is a feast or a party. One thing we learn from this
miracle is that Jesus not only tolerates celebration, he encourages it.

Christians seek to imitate Jesus’ way of heart and life.
This means that part of being a disciple means getting really comfortable with
celebration. Stories like this one dominate the landscape of the New Testament.
Read through the New Testament and notice how the idea of partying, celebrating,
feasting, or rejoicing is held up as God’s ideal. There is nothing wrong with
celebration. In fact, there’s something wrong with not celebrating. I believe this story tells us a great deal about who God is,
and who we as His people should strive to become. 

Here’s an image of God that I
love: God the Celebrator. The God that celebrates when lost coins are found,
lost children come home…and a God who keep the celebration going when the wine
has run out. God's celebratory nature is but one more reason to give Him praise…to celebrate the great Celebrator.

We as Christians have, above all others, reason to
celebrate. This should be evident in our lives, worship, ministry, and perhaps
even our countenance.

Do you think Christians generally celebrate too much, too
little, or just the right amount?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including: ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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