When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”  And Jesus said to her, “How does that concern you and me?  My hour has not yet come.”   John 2:34

What was Christ’s first miracle?  It wasn’t healing or raising someone from the dead.  It was turning water into wine.  Christ, at his mother’s request and somewhat reluctantly, saved the host of the wedding feast considerable embarrassment.

Jesus proved he has dominion over time, space, water and wine.  His first miracle was about celebration and fellowship.  The wedding feast could go on for days.  In today’s world, where time has become the most precious commodity, this miracle is about spending time with family and friends in celebration.

The world today prizes speed and efficiency.  If we’re not careful, this can bleed into our relationships, leaving us feeling isolated and alone.  Leaving us little joy.

I struggle with experiencing joy far too little.  I steal if from myself.  I think that once I clear this hurdle, pay off this bill, or get a different job, somehow I will be happier.  It doesn’t work.  The first miracle is a celebration and about living in the moment.  Don’t take, steal, or delay your joy.

Shawn LaRue, Pastor