Maybe It’s Not What We Thought It Was

They are who we thought they were! Denny Green after losing to the 49ers…

He was asked about whether or not the team he just lost to was different than what they expected. He responded with an emphatic no. They are who we thought they were – we just didn’t do what we needed to do…

But what if something you’ve always known is actually not what you thought it was?

What if it’s different?

Or worse yet – what if it’s indifferent?

What if it’s a Bible verse and you’ve been using it to justify or explain yourself – and this verse is actually about something completely different?

What if this verse contains the words of Jesus – and a miracle?

What if it’s Jesus’ very first miracle?

What if the topic de jour is alcohol?

The verses in question come from John 2 where Jesus turns water into wine while at a wedding feast…

Many use this miracle as proof positive that Christians can drink – I mean if Jesus’ first miracle is turning water into wine, then he is obviously okay with drinking…

And when I said many, I meant many – pastors, leaders, teachers, and laymen. I’ve seen it used and quoted by them all. “You know, Jesus’ very first miracle was turning water into wine; therefore, it is obviously okay to drink. If not, then why did Jesus make another 100 gallons of alcohol and not just any wine, but the good stuff. I bet Jesus was a wine aficionado and wanted people to appreciate it”…

But what if this miracle is not about alcohol at all? What if the wine is an innocent bystander?

Jesus’ first miracle serves many purposes and condoning alcohol is not one of them…

It speaks to his authority – he is now establishing his position over his family. His mom, Mary, recognizes she can do nothing and that Jesus can. She cedes her parental authority to his by telling the wedding workers to do whatever Jesus tells them to…

It speaks to his deity – he does something supernatural that only the Son of God could do…

It speaks to his compassion – he comes to the rescue of a wedding couple who were about to face embarrassment, and possibly litigation…

It speaks to his purpose – why use your first miracle on those who really don’t need one. They weren’t sick, poor, or lame. He didn’t forgive sins or make a big splash, but yet here we are 2,000 years later talking about it…

It also speaks to his condoning – not of drinking, but of marriage. There is some significance to the fact that Jesus came to the rescue of two people being joined together in marriage. This was no random party – it was a wedding feast…

Now – I’m not getting into the argument of drinking in this post – and you may be surprised at my thoughts – I’m just saying it’s foolish to base your justification on a single verse, miracle, proverb, or even thought…

The Bible is the inerrant word of God and can never contradict itself. A thought from one verse can always be reconfirmed through the use of other verses. If not, then odds are it is being taken out of context…

And if it is being taken out of context, it may NOT be what you think it is…

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