The bride and groom stepped regally into the reception hall, glowing and beaming with radiant smiles. They were welcomed with a standing ovation. The hall was packed with several important dignitaries. The hall was exquisitely decorated, with every important feature in the right proportion and place. The newlywed couple had chosen a particular music as their love anthem and now, it was playing softly in the background, setting a perfect ambiance for the joyous occasion. More importantly, the caterers were on top of things, food and wine were in abundance, and every other arrangement was in place. The wedding planner observed the work of her hands, and felt a trickle of satisfaction run down her spine. Now she can exhale and smile, everything was just right! Not very long into the ceremony, the wedding planner was approached by one of the ushers, bearing a single message from the Master of Ceremony – “Wine has finished!”
What??? How? When? Where? Who? Several questions flashed through the wedding planner’s head at the same time. What could have happened? She had put everything in this assignment to make it turn out as impeccable as possible. How was she going to save her face from this imminent shame that was looming upon her? She had been paid handsomely and expected to deliver accurately. Who will save her now? Who will help her? The Master of Ceremony is about to make a toast and there’s no wine to do so. Everyone is pointing at her. Everyone is looking to her to do something. She is about to be shamed and disgraced for doing a whack job. The bride and groom are vexed. The couple’s parents are calling for her head. People are beginning to whisper and murmur. Shame is imminent…Disgrace is sneaking closer…
I’m sure you know this popular ‘re-mixed’ story from the Bible. Jesus attended a wedding, where they ran out of wine. Mary saw the shame that was about to come upon the celebrants and approached Jesus on their behalf…and the rest is history. However, beyond its popularity, this story has so much to offer. There are amazing inferences to be drawn from this all-time popular story…let’s check ’em out:
*Notice that if Jesus had not been invited to that wedding, the celebrants would have been shamed. We all know how people complain bitterly and say spiteful things when they’re not served food or drink during a ceremony, don’t we? Jesus is ALL you need to have ALL your needs met; and it’s not enough for you to know Jesus or be associated with Him by proxy; you have to consciously INVITE Him into your life and develop a personal relationship with Him. Have you done so? If you haven’t, the door of opportunity is still wide open to you.
John 2:3-5 (NIV), “When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.””
*When the challenging situation surfaced, Mary knew exactly what to do – ‘talk to Jesus’. Who do you go/run to with your own challenges? Some prefer to talk to anyone and everyone but Jesus. Some only remember Him when they’ve run from pillar to post and come up with nothing. Remember, Jesus is all you need to have all your needs met. Start talking to Him about those needs of your life.
*In verse 4b, Jesus made a very interesting statement. He said His hour had not yet come. The Bible says, “For everything there is an appointed time, and an appropriate time for every activity on earth.” It further says, “God has made everything fit beautifully in its appropriate time…” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11 (NET). When you set an alarm, for instance, it rings effortlessly without any help from you or any other, at the set time – not before, not after. God has a set time for your glory to shine and it will. Wait for that time. Don’t fret. Don’t go from pillar to post. There is an appropriate time. There is an appointed time. When that time comes, everything will fit beautifully without hassles because God had set it to be so before hand.
*Nonetheless, Mary gave the disciples an important instruction, “Whatever He tells you, do it.” Prompt obedience to instructions from the HOLY SPIRIT is vital to your needs being met. It may sound foolish, do it. It may sound impossible, do it. It may sound outrageous, do it. It may sound too simple, do it. Whatever it is, just do it!
John 2:9-10 (NIV), “And the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; BUT YOU HAVE SAVED THE BEST TILL NOW.””
*This is my favourite part of the story! Here’s the truth: You haven’t had that breakthrough yet because God is saving the BEST for you! If I were you, I’d start rejoicing at this revelation! What seemed like an imminent shame turned to a glorious tale. Your story is about to change for the better! Wine experts claim that wine that tastes richer and better are older. When any particular wine is first brewed, it has a nice flavour/taste – as expected. However, as it ages/stays longer, the taste becomes richer. Experts say it takes a period of about 20-25 years for you to acquire the richest tastes in wine. Here’s the implication:
First, when the latter wine was served, after tasting it, the MC attested that it was the best of wines. Jesus, the Master of experts brewed wine and reversed a 25-year process in an instant! What should have taken long years to be achieved was achieved with just a dip in the jar – a twinkle of an eye! He will do same for you! He will reverse the irreversible. He will shorten the process. He will hasten the miracle. He will come and save you. He will come through for you NOW!
Second, are you fretting about that seemingly delayed situation? Quit it! Do you think it’s getting ‘older’ as the days go by? Then I’ve got news for you – the older the wine, the richer and better the taste! It won’t matter to God how long the challenge has lingered. It don’t matter to Him the number of years you have counted or are counting on that issue of concern. In the end, it will be as the richest of wines. He will bring out the BEST in you and for you. He will create an AMAZING RICH GLORY out of your story, and for your shame, you shall have DOUBLE HONOUR! Amen!
Jesus is LORD!