Joy in the Winter (John 2)

10 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.” John 2:10

It happened at the end of our second Christmas Eve service last week. John and I were headed home around 11:15 Pm. As we got to the car John said, “look its starting to snow.” Brothers and sisters I could not help but rejoice. I had been asking God for weeks for a little snow. After we got home it started to snow even more (Which is a miracle in Jackson). I even went out and stood in the snow as it was coming down.

Now, I know for those of you who get a lot of snow you have a different view. I also know that people have different views about what brings joy into a person’s life. For some people its family, for others its fortune and fame. Question: What is it that brings lasting joy?

In the gospel of John we are realizing that true joy only comes from a relationship with Jesus. In John 4 Jesus says these timeless words to a joy searching lady:

The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 4:14b

Jesus offered this woman true joy. In our focal text in John 2 we see an illustration of how Jesus alone gives true joy. Take time to read John 2: 1-11.

Three things stand out to me:

  1. Jesus was invited to the celebration.

This was a wedding celebration that was the highlight of most people’s year. But the celebration ran out because the wine ran out. Now you need to know that wine in the Old Testament represented joy (not in getting drunk) but in the joy of the Holy Spirit. When the joy ran out, the crowd was in trouble.

2. Jesus invests in the celebration.

Jesus is asked to do something about the joy. Jesus investment leads to a greater joy than anyone could have imagined. Yes, it was wine and yes the wine would run out. But the illustration is clear, Jesus alone creates true and lasting joy.

3. Jesus is always inviting people to His celebration.

He is the one who offers us life and joy. I hope you will take the time today to discover the God who gives us joy. I pray you will take the time to drink in the joy of the Lord and I pray that you will each day give what you have been given!!!

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