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 Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, 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 ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. I have never met a story teller that also did not celebrate life. I think Jesus laughed real loud. When Jesus sang I will bet the fully human Jesus sang monotone and loud. He enjoyed sitting around the fire, eating fish and story telling. It might even be the setting for most of the parables. What missional minded person does not enter the world with a celebratory attitude. Anything short of that is not attractive. That may have been Jesus’ drawing card.

  2. Have you read Anne Rice’s book ‘The Road to Cana’? I was supprised with her writing history that she could make a switch like this. We exchanged emails while I was reading her 1st book, ‘Out of Egypt’. Both are good books.
    Her response to me was:
    Thank you for your interesting letter.
    I just read a beautiful book by N.T. Wright called Simply Christian in which he talks
    all about the meaning of our great faith. It was beautiful. He’s written many books.
    You might enjoy them if you don’t already. You know, you mentioned two authors who wrote the Left Behind books.
    I don’t know them or much about them, but I’ll tell you, I get the impression they are sincere.
    They believe what they wrote. They didn’t do it just to make money. —
    As for my book, it is entirely because of my belief in Christ Our Lord and my love for Him and my dedication to Him.
    I don’t want to do anything except write for Him now. The joy is overwhelming.
    Take care and be well, and thank you again for your letter. Anne.

  3. Tim, great post here brother! Couldn’t agree more. God does in fact celebrate and so should we! There is something wrong when we don’t celebrate and think that God is too stern for that. Thank you Tim for this great post here. God bless you, your family, and the work y’alla are doing. Grace and Peace.