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The good news for the day January 7, 2017

Christmas weekday (210)

There was a wedding reception at Cana, Galilee; the mother of Jesus was attending. Jesus and his followers were invited along with her to the party. When wine started to run short, the mother of Jesus spoke to Him, “They are out of wine.” Jesus answered, “Woman, what does this concern of yours have to do with me? My moment has not yet arrived.” His mother told the waiters, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now six stone water urns were there, used for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding 20-30 gallons. Jesus told them, “Fill those urns with water.” They filled them up to the brim. Next, He told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” They took it to him.  When the headwaiter tasted the water—that had changed into wine—without knowing where it came from, (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter talking to the bridegroom said, “Everybody serves their good wine first, and then when people have had a little bit to drink, you offer an inferior one; but you have kept the better wine until now.” Jesus did this as the beginning of significant acts at Cana in Galilee and so started to reveal His glory, (John 2)

If you want to “get” this charming, familiar story, look at the conclusion—Jesus “revealed his ‘glory.’” “Glory” seems such a cloudy word—picture shining haloes, radiance or a glow—but what does “glory” really mean?

In the original languages, “glory” refers to “weight,” significance, importance. We use the expression, “He throws his weight around”; you know what that means—“he” impacts others—it is not physical weight.  Replace “importance” or “significance…” whenever you see the word “glory,” and you see what the story is about. People are starting to see that Jesus is not just words—He causes changes—a need made known affects Him—His significant role happens at an ordinary occasion—a party—any time! The Good News is that you are carrying His “weight,’ significance and power into your world. At a party—or alone—you and He (like Mary and Jesus) cause quiet miracles to happen—you make people feel good.

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