“Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” (John 2:10)
Sometimes my heart breaks over the difference between what is and what should be. For example, when I hear stories in the news of refugees that were herded onto rickety boats by human smugglers, boats which then sank and hundreds of lives were lost. There is far too much sin, brokenness and death in the world. There is far too much sin, brokenness and death in me.
Somehow we know in our hearts that things should be better, and we want things to be better now. But as long as we continue to live in this world, this is how things are going to be.
Thankfully, “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). God decided to rescue us, not by pulling us messy, broken people out of this messy, broken world, but by coming to this world, in all of his holiness and purity, as one of us.
And the first major thing that God-in-the-flesh does is turn water into wine at the wedding banquet of a friend when the wine had all run out. That situation is a picture of our lives: we do the best that we can, but eventually our best is depleted and our inadequacy and failure threatens to reveal itself, bringing embarrassment, humiliation and shame upon ourselves.
But Jesus rescues the situation in miraculous fashion. Not only does he change water into wine so that the wedding celebration may continue. The wine that Jesus creates is the best. In that culture at that time, the best wine was usually served first at a wedding banquet and the cheaper wine is brought out later. But Jesus has rescued the situation and saved the best for last.
So it will be in our lives and in all creation. Jesus has saved the best for last. One day, Jesus will come back to this world and make all things right, including us. Jesus wipe every tear from our eyes and “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Rev. 21:4).
In the meantime, Jesus is transforming us more and more into his image so that we may more fully glorify God now and embrace the wonderful future that he will unfold.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, please help me to rest in your love while I wait for your best. Amen.