This Week’s Key Verses: Luke 9:47-48 (NIV) “Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”
How do we know a miracle when we see one? The supernatural is beyond our finite comprehension. If it were not for the revelation of reflection, we would not grasp even the holiest of moments.
Jesus, the Lamb of God, began His ministry when no one, except perhaps John the Baptist, really understood who He was or how He was to change the eternal course of mankind. Some thought they knew Him, but they would witness events they never fathomed. They were given the three-year condensed version of revelation while being taught by Jesus. I believe our encounters with the Messiah take a lifetime of consideration to fully grasp their message.
When Jesus attended a wedding celebration, most likely for a relative, the master of the feast ran out of wine. This faux pas could have quickly dried up the celebratory spirit, but the moment was saved when it appeared that the servants had filled the water jugs with new, more excellent wine for the guests and the party went on. In the midst of the joy, only the servants and the three disciples who also attended the wedding with Jesus saw that it was He who had changed the water in the jugs to wine.
Can you imagine how stunned those servants and the Jesus’ brand new disciples were?
“Wha…?” “Did you see what I saw?” The servants were probably close to speechless.
“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)
When the disciples saw the miracle, they instantly believed the Son of God had been with them. When God appears, He always makes an impression.
How long did it take the guests at the wedding to think back on the beauty of the bride, the delicious food and wine, the fun and joy shared among family and friends, before they stopped speechless, hearts quickened and tears flowing? How much time did it take before they, too, realized they had been in the presence of God?
This past weekend I attended another wedding that was also a banquet of miracles. I, like most of the guests, was caught up with the emotion of the celebration not only because the groom was my grandson, but his bride was breathtakingly beautiful. The sanctuary overflowed with friends and family who had come from all over to share the happy occasion. The nine bridesmaids were dressed in delicate flowing gowns of blush matching their glistening cheeks. The twelve groomsmen, boys tumbling and joking just the day before, were now men, hair combed and faces washed, standing straight and tall in suits with crisp shirts, guarding the hopes and dreams of their best friend waiting anxiously near the altar. The newlyweds, soaked in their love for one another, held hands as they bowed their heads and shared the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Who wouldn’t get carried away with a wedding so enormously beautiful to the soul’s senses?
Billy Graham once said, “The Bible stresses a marriage ideally should be a picture of a reflection of Christ’s love for His people. “
The gates of heaven had been thrown wide open in the sanctuary where Alec and Hannah were married. There, Christ welcomed us, His Bride the Church, into His throne room as we gazed teary eyed upon a couple who had given their lives first to God, promising to worship, obey, and serve Him, and then to each other with the same love that Jesus pours forever upon His Church. Their honor to God and their devotion to one another must have brought such joy to our Father in Heaven that He utterly gave us a reflection of His Holy Love. It was a miraculous intervention! We sensed His presence.
How much, we ask, does Jesus love us, His Bride? How beautiful, white, and pure are we as He gazes at us from His throne surrounded by Angels singing songs of abounding love, the melodies of which swirl in our hearts, inviting us to, “Come! See how much I adore you!”
If we turn away, pull back, drop our head, how it must break the heart of our Savior. Yet, He waits patiently for us to lift our eyes and smile radiantly as we say, “Yes! My Groom, I am coming to You!”
We cannot imagine the heart of Jesus exploding with love-filled joy or how He would receive us. This was the miracle we saw at the wedding Saturday evening. Not one of us missed it.
When this young man’s bride appeared in the sanctuary holding her father’s arm, beaming radiantly in luminous white, her groom wept. All that he had ever wanted, prayed for, and hoped would come to pass was before him – his beloved! Wiping tears and with joy unspeakable, he reached out to take her hand.
This is how Jesus reaches for us, with the tears of a Groom for His Bride and a love that will never let us go. Alec may have wept, but the tears were like God’s for His Church – His beloved Bride.
Perhaps some of us attended the wedding with leaking hearts or dried up joy. Our Father in heaven knows all about that. He, Himself, came to the wedding to fill His guests with the wine of eternal love.
A miracle happened at the marriage of Alec and Hannah. God was in the room!
“Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper … These are the true words of God.” (Revelation 19:9)
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