31 Days with the Savior: Party

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Gentle Reader,

“Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the waterpots with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, ‘Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.’ And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, ‘Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!’

This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. … The disciples of John came to Him, saying, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?’

And Jesus said to them, ‘Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?'” – John 2:6-11, Matthew 9:14-15a (NKJV)

Usually we focus on the miracle of the water being turned into wine. There’s nothing wrong with that; this was the first miracle that Jesus performed during his earthly ministry and it’s significant. But look at the context.

Jesus is at a wedding reception.

Jesus is at a party.

This wouldn’t be the last party he attended, either. He’d go wherever He was invited, attending everything from great feasts to intimate suppers with close friends like Mary, Martha and Lazarus. You don’t get invited to parties if you’re not fun to be around. And a lot of people had issues with that. Issues with Jesus enjoying Himself. I think we do, too. Somehow we’ve got this idea that the Savior is supposed to be this grand, intense, dour figure. Surely He never smiles. Surely He never tells a joke. Surely He doesn’t appreciate good food, good drink and good music.

If that’s your line of thinking, I invite you to spend some time considering the Scriptures above. Also, google a picture of the duck-billed platypus.

If the duck-billed platypus doesn’t convince you that the Lord has a sense of humor, that He’s fun to be around, you’re taking life way too seriously.

My journey to faith. (15)

For all entries in the Jesus: 31 Days with the Savior series, go here.

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4 thoughts on “31 Days with the Savior: Party

  1. As you may know, we are in the middle of the Jewish festival of Sukkot or what you probably call “the festival of booths.” Since my wife and children are Jewish, I build a small sukkah (it’s from a kit) every year in our backyard where it stays for the eight days of the festival.

    According to Jewish tradition, on the first seven of the eight days of the festival, we are to extend a special invitation to a specific guest in this order:

    Abraham, who represents love and kindness
    Isaac, who represents restraint and personal strength
    Jacob, who represents beauty and truth
    Moses, who represents eternality and dominance through Torah
    Aaron, who represents empathy and receptivity to divine splendor
    Joseph, who represents holiness and the spiritual foundation
    David, who represents the establishment of the kingdom of Heaven on Earth

    Now before you think I’ve flipped for considering something so far fetched, look at this:

    “I say to you that many (Gentiles) will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven (meaning the Messianic Kingdom here on Earth established by Jesus upon his return)…”

    Matthew 8:11 (NASB)

    This at least suggests a sort of feast occurring during Sukkot in which we non-Jewish disciples of Christ will join the Jewish disciples in participating in the Sukkot festival with the greatest prophets, priests, and kings in the Bible, all in honor of King Messiah.

    Now *that’s* my idea of a party.

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