John 2:1-2

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 

Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.

Today is a different kind of devotion. We all have activities which we enjoy in our time away from our regular vocation. Many of us play golf, some of us fish, and others go camping during the summer. Our number one desire to is serve and worship Christ, but we must make time to enjoy God’s creation and spend time with our family. God doesn’t expect us to never have fun or engage in recreation.

Do you ever wonder why Jesus was even at the wedding at Cana? He and his mother must have had a connection to the family, but he was not there to serve any other spiritual purpose. Further, we are told his disciples accompanied him. This wedding was not given by a wealthy family of prominence. It was not held in Jerusalem, but in “Galilee of the Gentiles. The expense of an extra five people to a poor family is not be glossed over. The family knew that wherever Jesus went, his disciples went. Thus, they too were evidently invited. Their purpose in life was not just to suffer along with Jesus. They were allowed enjoyment. Just as us when we attend a wedding, Jesus was there to fellowship with the friends and family while enjoying the coming together of two people in marriage. He was not there to turn water into wine. The running out of wine was totally unexpected and could have been an embarrassment to the families. Further, Jesus was initially taken back by his mother’s request to assist in the near tragedy.

Christians should be the happiest people on Earth. We don’t have a past to worry about. It has been forgiven and forgotten. We have the present presence of the Holy Spirit within us. When our refreshments dissipate, He is there ready to replenish our stock. We also have a future unattainable and unknowing to those without this blessed assurance. Christians who are always walking around with a frown are missing out on the greater presence of Christ. There will be times of sadness and heartbreak, but His presence and word comforts us. We are not to be an oppressed people. Our only burden should be for the salvation of the lost souls around us. We have an assure of greater things to come. When Jesus turned the water in the wine, the master of the feast remarked, ““Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus has done the same for us – he has saved the best for us to be enjoyed later on!

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