“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
Ephesians 5:25-27 (NIV)
Daily Devotional Series
Grace & Truth Day 1
Reading: John 2
Turning water into wine. Really? THAT is the first miracle of Jesus? I used to look at this miracle as kind of a novelty. A cool story that shows Jesus is not the uptight model that strict religiosity craves. He enjoyed a good party. While there is some truth to that, in reality it is so much more.
Marriage is a central motif in the Bible describing the relationship God has with those he created. In Jesus’ day and age, the bride and the groom would make their vows of love and, more importantly, commitment. Then the groom would go to his house and prepare a place for his bride. The bride would have to wait for him to come get her. When the groom was finally done with his preparations he would come and get her and then the celebration would begin!
Jesus had come for his bride! The promise to his people given to Adam and Eve was now being fulfilled. Jesus’ time with us is a celebration! It was not a time of judgement but an expression of grace, all consuming love. It’s about forgiveness and restoration and new life!
In the second half of John 2, you will see that he also brings TRUTH in how he cleanses the temple. He is breaking down the false barriers people have created between God and us.
Maybe today you’re stuck. You’re stuck in guilt. You feel God is or should be punishing you for something. Maybe you think that if you complete some sort of checklist of good works God will love you. Maybe you’re the one prescribing to the world how it should be “fixed” and putting a burden on people that shouldn’t be there.
While there are certainly areas of our lives that need to change, we change not to be loved but because we have been. God’s commitment to you is unfailing. If you need a pick me up, here’s a great song, “How He Loves Us.”