Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Out of Love (Part 2)

God is love (1 John 4:8).

This means that Jesus defines what true love is. The way Jesus loves us, the way Jesus loved His disciples in the Gospel accounts set the standard for love.

One summary of what true love is is found in 1 Corinthians 13. But experiencing the person and work of Jesus throughout the four Gospels in the New Testament of the Bible is a rich and rewarding way to discover what true love looks like and feels like.

Jesus is generous.

Do you recall the story of the wedding at Cana (John 2) and how Jesus turned water into wine?

Traditionally, a Jewish wedding would last seven days. Every host would anticipate and start with enough wine to last the entire celebration. So, by the time the wine ran out, the guests already had a plenty to drink. And yet Jesus still produced the good wine.

God always does an excellent work. He provides the best. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights (James 1:17).

And Jesus is generous. He gives over-abundantly. But you have kept the good wine until now (John 2:10).  Jesus has something much better for you later and lots of it (imagine 180 gallons or 900 bottles of good wine)!

Jesus is generous. He obliges Himself to the request of His mother. Mary is thinking about the wedding. For her, Jesus' miracle would be merely a matter of convenience. Jesus understands the significance of performing a miracle. It is the manifestation of His glory (v. 11), the beginning of His public ministry leading to the cross. His miracle is not a catering service. Nonetheless, Jesus provides. Out of love. Out of goodness. Out of His generous heart.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)