Life In Him From Beginning To End

Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. — John 2:6-11

People frequently read too much into this story. The bottom line of this event is that Jesus has been revealed by performing an event that was not humanly possible. And the event of the miracle produced the best wine at supernatural speed and in abundance. And we, humanity, were given our first sign by Jesus's command that he was God.

But there is something in this story that I believe we all connect with. It's that moment we are confronted with our shortcomings and shame. I think it is correct to deduce from this story that Jesus cares about this. He cares about our shortcomings and shame. He wants to provide a solution. And the solution was provided in another miracle. His resurrection from the dead broke the bondage of our shortcomings and removed our shame. And in the process, he gave us an abundant life which it's free to receive if we choose to believe. And from the first miracle to the last Jesus keeps doing the same.

ASK THIS: Are you looking for abundant life?

DO THIS: Believe and you can receive.

PRAY THIS: God, I need the abundant shameful redemption that only you provide.

PLAY THIS: Back To Life.

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Thank you Father for your grace in sending Jesus to redeem us.


Shame thrives in isolation and makes us want to hide our shame from others. This self perpetuating cycle can be broken by confessing our shame to others. Shame can’t live in the light.

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