Friday, April 4, 2014

3 Wild Facts about the first miracle of Jesus from Lance Wallnau

Read John 2: 1-11 and check out what I write.

"This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him." (John 2:11)

1. The FIRST miracle would be an important one. It will be an occasion that reveals something about Him. It will display an aspect of the Godhead that the world needs to see. It is the "beginning of miracles" that will "manifest his glory."

a. This first one... What shall it be? A finger extended into the empty socket of a blind man that results in the materialization of an eyeball? That's a great first miracle. How about the creation of a missing limb? Now THAT'S a "first miracle." What aspect of the divine nature will God showcase? Create a body part? Cast out a devil? Raise the dead?

b. BEHOLD - It will be the creation of a PARTY BEVERAGE!

c. POW! God wants mankind to know that He is not just the Judge of all the earth, He is also the God who throws great parties. He doesn't hold back either. This miracle reveals the nature of someone who delights to make extravagant provision - even for non-essential things! How totally non-religious.

This is a party, not a meal at an orphanage. We would expect a miracle at the mission outreach, but at a party? Evidently this first miracle reveals that God likes parties… and weddings! Especially when He is invited to attend.

2. This miracle was not in the mind of Christ at the moment it was suggested.

a. It seems that the FIRST miracle of Jesus was something HE DID NOT PLAN TO DO.

b. Jesus himself was always "led" by the Spirit and only did what His "Father showed" Him. When His Mother asked Him to solve the beverage problem it was anything but a life threatening situation. Jesus had resisted the devil for 40 days trying to squeeze the miraculous out of Him and it did not work. While back home, He will likewise not be pressured into manifesting anything the Father is not doing.

He told her "Woman, what do I have to do with you? My hour has not yet come."

Meaning, "Mom….not now."

c. Nevertheless, she told the servants to listen for His instruction, and sure enough, a moment after this exchange Jesus was given updated orders, evidently the time HAD come and this was it. Thus He proceeded to work His first miracle of manifesting His glory… the glory of a generous God who does not have a problem with having a good time.

3. There is meaning in some details. The number of water pots is SIX. Six is the number of man, and water into wine is a miracle of transformation.

a. As six is the number of man and the Son of Man is in their midst - the God-man was among them. Water and wine were in the same vessel! Humanity was carrying deity and this first miracle would prove it.

b. Six is also the number of days measuring when man was created. Adam was created on the sixth day. There are 6 days before the Sabbath and 6 days = 6000 years of biblical genealogy from Adam till now. Soon, at the end of the 6th day, God will transform us and we shall be changed from the natural to the divine- in His image. Mortal shall put on immortality.

c. Finally, the water is a type of the Word of God. When the Word has filled us we can expect the voice of God to speak a word, a "rhema" that transforms the word we carry into the power of the divine nature.

Fill your vessel with the water of the word and watch for the quickening of that word into divine activity in your life!

BONUS POINT - Most people misquote the head waiter: He didn't say "you kept the best wine till last" he said, "You kept the BEST wine till NOW!"

People often say the best is yet to come…but God says, if you are prepared to receive it, the BEST is right NOW! God is already working in the Earth and you do not need to wait till the end of days to see His glory manifest!

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What do you think?

- Lance
— with StevenChar Klinkenborg.

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