Friday, May 26, 2017

The Most Amazing Wine At A Wedding!

Well, wedding season is heating up and with that I have had to take a closer look at passages on marriage and life.  I want to share some insights from John 2 about a wedding that Jesus attended and some great truths I discovered here

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee.  Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”



Jesus’ response was unpredictable at best… “Dear woman, why do you involve me?.  My time has not yet come.

Here’s the point.

1.       There is something larger than life itself going on here.

 This is not a simple task of running to the LCBO.   The truth is that this very wine is a picture of Jesus’ sacrificial love for the world.

It is the very foundation that we all need to rest our lives and relationships on.  The only way that real love has an opportunity to grow is when it is based on the love of Jesus.
She was living in the moment and Jesus was looking ahead to the cross. There is something larger happening here, more than just a social faux pas at a wedding.

We are looking ahead to a covenant with Christ at the center.

Let’s keep looking at the events that unfold at this wedding…

5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”They did so, 9 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 10 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.”

2.       Jesus Is The Ultimate Purifier

So, here we see Jesus taking water jars  that were appointed for purification and turned them into most amazing wine.  Jesus again was pointing to His death on the cross as the place where we would be purified from our sins.  He would pay the ultimate price.
Do the math… 6 ceremonial jars x 25 gallons each.
That is a lot of wine!  Here’s the realization.  The love God has for us that Jesus would pour out His life for us is an extravagant and overflowing love.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  1 John 3:1

1 John 1:7  The blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin.

He paid the price for your forgiveness. 

Knowing that you are forgiven and experiencing real forgiveness from Jesus is the ultimate glass of wine that we continue to drink everyday.

I wonder if John had the wedding celebration in mind when he continued to write about the extravagant love of God.  I’m sure it inspired him to write about purity as well as he continued to write…

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:2,3

3.       Jesus is The Ultimate Bridegroom

We as Jesus’ followers are His bride the Bible teaches us.  So, back to the wedding. ..
Recognize that Jesus performed a miracle here and did what the groom at the wedding couldn’t do. 
The groom at the wedding wasn’t going to be able to “COMPLETE” his bride like we see in the movies.  We can’t even meet all the needs of our spouse, but here’s the AHA moment.  We need to point each other to the ultimate source, the one who will meet all our needs.  Colossians 2 says that we are made complete in HIM, Jesus.
My prayer is that you will discover that kind of love.

Manor Church NEWS

Jenny joins the team!



We are excited that Jenny Johnson is joining our core team at Church at the Manor.  She recently preached on the theme ,  We are living in a love story"
Jenny shared snippets of her former life "I laughed when I wanted too cry, lived when I wanted too die" ...all the while she knew deep down God was calling her to live the love story designed for her.








Tina – Garden Caretaker

It has been awesome to see Tina B. step up to the plate and take leadership of our Manor Garden at the back of the property.  She has already had it rototilled, found a  $200- grant and seeds!!  We also have a water container to keep things growing as well!!




Biblical Literacy – we just tackled Ruth!

A great review of Ruth


Sharon focused on Jesus as our ultimate “Kinsmen Redeemer”.  He is our next of kin who has come to redeem us, to rescue us from a place of alienation and separation to a place of family and being part of God’s  Kingdom community! 

The Tragedy of Judges

Judges is really written as a tragedy.  The Judges were the regional, political, warrior leaders during that time. We see the nation of Israel called to drive out nations that were morally corrupt and was certainly evident through child sacrifice in the worship of their gods like molech.   So, what happens?  Israel settles into the land and becomes complacent, they forget the challenge of Moses to obey the laws and commands they are given. Unfortunately, the move in and end up adopting the same practices of the very nations that resided in the land. It really is a classic spiral, a desperate nation that turns to God, but one that falls into an ugly cycle. 
It looks like this.


                                  


                              


Ultimately, Israel needed to be delivered from themselves and the truth of it was a reminder of the human condition.  Ultimately, they cried out for a king and a king would come.  What they really needed was what Moses spoke of in Deuteronomy 30:6, a heart circumcision that would come in the person of Holy Spirit.

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