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The Better Wine

Key Verse

“And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now” (John 2:10).

TEXT — John 2:1-11

Message

Weddings in ancient Israel were elaborate and expensive affairs. The ceremony lasted seven days and there was supposed to be unlimited wine and food for the guests all through. Any shortage of either wine or food was perceived as a sign of divine disapproval; in the eyes of the guests, it portended a bad omen for the marriage.

The disaster of the finished wine in the text occurred while the ceremony was still on. Therefore, it is not hard to imagine how the groom and his family would have entered panic mode. Something had to be done fast before the guests noticed. Then Jesus came! He turned their panic to praise by turning their ordinary water into the best quality wine mankind ever tasted. It was a miracle both timely and timeless; timely because it saved a desperate situation and, timeless because it is still applicable in your own “finished-wine” situations today.

Lives and marriages often face similar situations. Joy fades, hopes dim, purposes are disappointed, there is an overwhelming sense of failure and life seems over. The ever-increasing suicide rates, the mental health crisis and the frightening divorce statistics being reported across the world are sad testimonies to the darkness and despair that have engulfed many lives. The “wine” is finished, and nothing seems well-placed to fill the gap. In desperation, many drown themselves in alcohol, drugs, endless partying, and weird sexuality but the emptiness persists. The search for meaning goes on. But there is hope in Jesus.

Jesus is still the solution for desperate situations. He is the Provider of the “better wine”. Pardon for sin is available through His death and resurrection. Surrender your heart to Him by faith and you will be glad you did.

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Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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