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April 8/John 2

I was talking to a guy at Anytime Fitness one day and the conversation turned to Jesus. His comment on Jesus was that Jesus never seemed to have fun. He was always so serious and didn’t seem to have enjoyed life much.

Sometimes when we read scripture we have to read between the lines and have a good imagination.

Verses 1-2 > Jesus was at a wedding CELEBRATION. You see where this could go? What do you picture in your mind when you hear the word ‘celebration’ particularly associated with a wedding? I picture good food, good drink, good friends, a lot of laughing, joking, telling stories, music, dancing, kids playing hide and seek, etc. I see Jesus laughing, eating, cracking a few jokes, playing with the kids, enjoying the music and dancing. That is what I would have done and I believe Jesus joined right in with the rest of them. He may have been as we say ‘the life of the party’. After all he came to give us abundant life. Just think of all the interesting stories Jesus could tell. People probably got a good laugh when he told about all the manure Noah and his boys had to clean out of the ark! Or he may have said, “You should have seen the look on Goliath’s face when that stone hit him in the forehead, he dropped like a ton of bricks!” Can’t you see the kids gathering around Jesus as he talked about hanging the stars and the planets and creating puppy dogs. Just saying. Maybe I have too vivid an imagination! But I hope you have a better view of Jesus now.

The way the sinners kept inviting Jesus back to their gatherings we can surmise that Jesus was anything but dull and boring. Jesus was serious about serious things like when he cleans out the temple but he also knew how to have a good time. He knew how to enjoy life and I believe he wants us to enjoy it too.

Matthew 11:19 (NLT) — 19 The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”

The results are that he wasn’t a drunkard or glutton, he could have fun without sinning, he came to earth because he loved us enough to die for us that we might live with him forever; and people loved hanging out with him! Isn’t that the Jesus you want to get to know? Isn’t this the Jesus you want others to know? By the way he is preparing a big wedding CELEBRATION for us in heaven! It ought to be on awesome party being he has so much time to prepare. You don’t want to miss that one.  Be filled with the Holy Spirit and loosen up!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In verses 23 to 25 we see Jesus’s understanding of why he came. People were turning to him, due to his miracles, but Jesus knew that people were fickle in their hearts. They wanted the bread and circuses but most did not have a change in heart.

  2. Kathy Gundersen says:

    I have leRned thru the. Years to tell Jesus when your mad at him or you dont get your way or it doesnt happen your way because He knows it anyway. As verse 25 says he knew their heart. So i tell Him he knows it anyway but i believe it releases you or me from carring the quilt or anger and we can get forgiveness and be close again. Thank God for his grace

  3. Thank you Kathy…so true. Doesn’t help us one bit to grumble and complain about what’s bothering us. Taking it and truly giving it to Jesus, the One who can do something with it or with us, serves the greater purpose!

  4. Nancy Symens says:

    Verses 6-9 spoke to me, we know this story well, where Jesus performs His first miracle, turning water into wine. Jesus instructs the servers to fill the 6 barrels with water to the brim, then fill their pitchers with that water, take it over to the master of ceremonies and fill their cups. It wasn’t till they literally began to pour the water into the master of ceremonies’ cup, that it turned into wine. I think about that…Jesus gave them specific instructions and the servers followed the instructions. They stepped out in faith because all they ‘saw’ was water, Think about that. If they were slaves, they could lose their lives or be beat for Not serving wine. But they stepped out in faith and the harvest came. How do we respond to His instructions?