January 21, 2013

John 2:10 He called out to the bridegroom, “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!” (The Message Bible)


The “He” here is the master of ceremonies at the wedding where Jesus turned the water into wine. There is a certain personality type who tends to eat the thing on their plate they like least first and wouldn’t dream of having dessert until the entire main course is consumed (you know, because of those hungry children in China). We sometimes save the best for last so that we can anticipate the pleasure longer. We sometimes save the best till last so we can feel we have earned it through whatever proceeds. We have lived for a long time in our society with an expectation of upward mobility, that life will be better, that is more affluent, for the children than the parents. I sometimes hear on the news that this may not be the case for the present generation. Having watched people age, and now feeling the effects of it myself, I sometimes mimic the senior citizen who told me, “The golden years aren’t so golden.”  Is the best yet to come? Do we have any reason to embrace hope? Enter Jesus. While our bodies (and somewhat later our minds) peak out relatively early in life, God through Christ promises to connect us with an infinite reality the surface of which we have barely scratched or conceived. Jesus came to offer us the really good stuff. Cheers!


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