Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
~ John 4:13-14
Early in His earthly ministry, Jesus was invited to a wedding banquet. In those days, the bridegroom was responsible for supplying both the food and the drinks for the banquet.
The mark of a good wedding feast was that the wine be of good quality and sufficient quantity.
Running out of wine was a social disgrace and represented a grave error on the part of the groom. In this particular banquet, the bridegroom made a colossal mistake. He failed to provide enough wine for the feast, and he was to blame.
But the Lord was there.
Upon assessing the situation, Jesus performed His first miracle. He converted six twenty-gallon waterpots into wine. Yet it was not ordinary wine.
The wine the Lord created was superior in quality to the wine that had run out. And it was more than enough to supply the needs of the banquet.
So in one brilliant stroke of compassion, Jesus Christ removed the bridegroom’s shame.
The Lord supplied the lack.
He covered the mistake.
He removed the disgrace.
He reversed the failure.
What is more, Jesus made the bridegroom look like a hero. Bringing out the best wine at the end was a dramatic surprise. (In that day, the best wine was always brought out first and was followed by less quality wine.)
This miracle was not just an expression of divine compassion. The Bible tells us it was a sign—a symbol that pointed to something far deeper. It shows us something about the character of our God.
Jesus Christ is still in the business of removing our shame. He is still in the business of supplying our lack. He is still in the business of erasing our disgrace.
He is still in the business of reversing human failure. And He is still in the business of filling our old, tiresome earthen waterpots with the satisfying wine of His life.
Many people have made the discovery that only the most blessed in this life ever make. That is: The wine that they have been living by all of their lives has run dry. It has failed.
The wine that this world has to offer can satisfy us for only a season. The money of this world, its fame, its material possessions, its entertainment, and even the human love it has to give can never fulfill our deepest longings.
The wine of this world always fails. It eventually runs out. It loses its flavor, leaving us thirsty.
When that happens, we become conscious of the gaping hole that exists deep within our hearts that nothing on this earth can fill. (This is a jarring realization for many who outwardly “have it all,” and it has led quite a few of them to descend into self-destruction.)
But the wine that Jesus Christ gives is eternal, life-giving, and brings true satisfaction. It fills the vacuum. Upon drinking it, we never thirst again. What is more, that wine never runs dry.
Jesus has the power to carry you through every trial. He has the power to eliminate your shame. He has the power to reverse your failures.
He also has the power to lift you out of despair and sorrow. And He has the power to satisfy the emptiness that lurks deep inside of you.
Turn to Him today.