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#41 The Contrast between God and Religion

Who would have thought that Jesus first public appearance, after being announced Messiah, would be to attend a wedding!

His plan to show what God was like was to come and be with us as a man; but his first event, a wedding? his first miracle, blessing human joy? How unreligious!

Religious leaders at that time were focused on keeping themselves from defilement. What a contrast! They considered themselves too holy to mingle with the commoners, especially the lower class. Compassion, hospitality, joy were not their focus.

Yet this is exactly where Jesus starts communicating God–mingling with guests at a wedding, providing more than they need.

All the rules and regulations had caused people to stop thinking and acting for themselves. Minds had become cramped and narrow. But Jesus came as one who cared, who listened, who talked, who celebrated with people.

Imagine growing up with all those rules, and then hearing the message God cares what you think; God loves your happiness!

After their excitement about the new wine, people begin looking for him. He has quietly withdrawn and the disciples get to share their own personal experience, their faith that he is the long-anticipated Messiah.

Jesus reached hearts to free minds and enlarge both. He was full of life and love and laughter. He wants us to show that our hearts have been refreshed by Him, that our actions are full of the light of God’s love for us, that we are not self-absorbed, but enjoy sharing our blessings with others.

John 2:9-11,  Isaiah 62:5,  Zephaniah 3:17

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