John 2:10 ~ "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."
Jesus attended the wedding at Cana in Galilee, enjoying the wonderful celebration of a young couple's new life together. And I would like to use this situation as an example to set before you concerning what is yet to come.
When the believer first tastes of Christ it is the "good wine." The fellowship of believers, the word of God, the comfort of His Holy Spirit, the promises in Christ, the participation in worship, and so many more riches of Christ are found in the tasting of the wine of salvation. We truly discover that we can, "taste and see that the LORD is good" (Psalm 34:8).
I remember my first steps in the Lord Jesus, when He brought me into His salvation and I was enriched in the warmth of His joy and peace. It was like a celebration in my heart--and in truth it was, for I was made new, my sins were cleansed, my soul set right with God and my name written in that book of life that will never be erased. Like drinking good wine, I was flushed with the exuberance of delight for Jesus.
At the wedding, the circumstances changed and the good wine ran dry. There was none left and the guests still remained. Now, the expectation of the host was limited in his view, for he only relied on the human tradition of bringing out the best at first and the worst in the end.
And there are many who look at their own lives in the same way. How many believe that they had better enjoy their good things now, for soon the troubling reality of the end is coming and only that which is poor and pitiful will remain? How many live with the belief that they had better, "eat and drink, for tomorrow we die" (Isaiah 22:13)? They want their best now... for they fear that the worst is yet to come.
But, for those who are in Christ, that initial taste of the "wine" of faith--an early taste of that which is the good wine--only holds a promise for something more. For the Christian, the best is yet to come!
Consider what the Apostle Paul said to the church in 1 Corinthians 2:9, "But, as it is written, 'What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.'"
And here is the illustration that I want to leave you with--just as Jesus commanded the servants and it was the best wine at the end, so at the command of Christ, the best is still yet to come. All things will be made new.
Worldly people will have their pleasures now, but all who hope in Christ will have their delights fulfilled when He brings us into His kingdom. Whatever we experience in this world, whatever circumstances that occur and we must go through times in life when we rely on the good wine of faith, we will someday have the best wine of His presence. Consider what our Lord says in Matthew 26:29, "I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom."
So, beloved, hold out in faith until Jesus brings us into His kingdom. There is coming "that day" and we who have our hope in Christ, will have that hope fulfilled.
In His Grace,
From the Mountains to the Sea
Every step we take on this journey called life ought to be used for greater understanding. I've lived from the mountains to the sea, and this blog is my personal thoughts and observations with a desire for Biblical understanding. Welcome.