Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Project 4:4--Day Two Hundred Ninety-Six

Day Two Hundred Ninety-Six, John 1-4, Luke 3

Today's reading includes quite a bit about Jesus' early ministry. It includes Jesus' first miracle at Cana, His cleansing of the Temple, His teachings to Nicodemus, and His encounter with the woman at the well in Samaria. There is also a little bit more of John's testimony about Jesus. In each of these events, I continue to see more evidence that He is enough...in fact, He is all I need.

At the wedding that Jesus and His disciples attend in Cana, Jesus' mother is there. She informs Him of the lack of wine and asks Him to do something about it. She doesn't quite take His hint when He tells her He is not ready...she just assumes that He will do what she asks. I find that so interesting...she has such complete faith in Him to do what is needed that she just tells the servants, "Do whatever He tells you." Of course, after Jesus turns the water into wine, the caterer's comment to the bridegroom is, "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." Worth noting that not only does God provide, but when He does, you can guarantee it will be the best.

When Jesus is cleansing the Temple, driving out the moneychangers who are taking advantage of people, the Jews become angry with Him. They demand to know how He can prove His authority to them. His response? "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days." His own authority is all He needs.

As Jesus teaches Nicodemus, He teaches of the necessity of being born of the Spirit. He tells Nicodemus, "No one can enter the kingdom of God unless He is born of the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit." We need His Spirit.

When John the Baptist gives even more testimony about Jesus, we hear even more about the fact that Jesus, sent by God, is above all. "The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what He has seen and heard...for the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit."

When Jesus is talking to the woman at the well in Samaria, He tells her of His supplication for our deepest need. After asking her for a drink--which leaves her a little befuddled, He tells her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water...Everyone who drinks this water again 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." He continues this teaching with His apostles when they return, telling them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about...My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work. Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest...I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor."

This day's reading ends with an interesting miracle that Jesus performs for an official by healing his son. The interesting thing about this miracle is that Jesus is not present to heal the boy. The man asked Jesus to come and heal his son, but when Jesus told him that everything would be okay, "The man took Jesus at His word and departed. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, 'The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.' Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, 'Your son will live.'"

The man took Jesus at His word.

How often do you take Him at His word?

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