Jesus Makes This Life Beautiful
Walking with Jesus through all of life’s uncertainties.
Yet God has made everything beautiful in its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)
In the first episode of season one, you met my best friend and bride-to-be, Sabrina. I decided to celebrate her with a bridal shower, so I hosted a party with all the ladies.
I started by creating some simple and fresh appetizers for the party. Then, we visited Rene Wendell, my friend, and master florist. He offered great tips and flower hacks for the DIY bride.
All this wedding talk reminded me of one of my favorite stories in the Bible. The wedding at Cana. When the wine ran out at this wedding, Jesus stepped in. His first miracle was turning water into wine.
Jesus could have picked a more important miracle as His first. But what does He do? He saves a social event.
There are three things that I learn about Jesus in this story:
1) What moves you, moves Jesus.
When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” John 2:3-4
Jesus said it was not His time to start His ministry, but He performed the miracle anyway. Why? Because Jesus cared about what was important to Mary.
The wedding was important to Mary. Seeing the host run out of wine moved her to say something to her son. And because it was important to Mary, it became important to Jesus.
In the same way, you influence Jesus. He is at work on your behalf. If it matters to you, then it matters to Him.
God wants you to enjoy your life. He is a contributor to the fun. He doesn’t spoil the party. If it moves you, then it will move Him.
2) Jesus invites you to move with Him.
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” John 2:5
Can you imagine what it was like to be a servant that day? They know the party is running out of wine, and now Jesus has asked them to fill jars with water. It sounds pretty ridiculous.
But they obeyed. They filled the jars to the brim. Their act of physical obedience resulted in the spiritual release.
I don’t know what Jesus is asking you to do. But I do know this – whatever He says to you – do it.
Jesus can move without you, but He wants to move with you.
Sometimes, His commands may feel ridiculous, unreasonable, or useless. But there is a joy and spiritual release when you obey Jesus.
He will never lead you to failure. He may change your mind about ideas you thought were the truth. He may awaken you to new dreams, hopes, and desires. Your plans may change. But every time you make the decision to say yes to Jesus and take the next step, you get to the place you’ve always wanted to be.
You can trust God when it doesn’t make sense. You can take the first step before seeing the outcome. You can move with Jesus.
3) Jesus will move you from shame to glory.
This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested His glory. And His disciples believed in Him. John 2:11
The miracle at Cana was not about wine or a wedding. It was about reputation. Running out of wine was a social disgrace. It would haunt the newlyweds for the rest of their lives. So Jesus stepped in to take away the shame.
When Jesus turned the water into wine, He was doing more than stocking the bar. Jesus was revealing His nature as the One who rids us of our shame.
It foreshadowed what was to come. Jesus would go to the cross. Water would flow His pierced side, so we could drink of the New Covenant and live free from shame.
Not only did Jesus make wine, but He made the best wine. It was so good that the master of ceremonies noted the change. His wine was better than the wine before.
When God moves toward us, it’s more then we could imagine. He removes the shame and replaces it with something glorious.
Now, people would remember the newlyweds forever, but not for their shame. They would remember them in honor.
This is how Jesus makes this life beautiful.
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How does Jesus make your life beautiful?