OUT OF A NEED

There has been unlimited numbers of people with whom I have stopped to minister to, because I sensed or saw them in some type of need.

I cannot recall being told that I could not pray with them or assist them in some way.  I can assert that a few times, I discovered later that I was “ripped off”, but that simply made me more cautious in subsequent experiences.

The very first miracle that is recorded as having been performed by the Lord Jesus Christ was that recorded in John 4.  He went to a wedding and at the celebration of the occasion, someone drew his mother’s attention to the fact that they had run out of wine.  She turned to Jesus and informed Him, “They have no wine!”

It is important that we notice His reply, “Woman, what does that have to do with us?  My hour has not yet come.”  When we review the life of our Lord, we notice that His blood had not yet been shed.  He was intent, even at this stage that there was clarity to her as to why He had come. (7:30; 8:20; 12:23; 12:27; 13:1; 17:1)

She understands the fullness of that statement and then informs the servants: “Whatever He says to you, do it.”  There is obviously total submission on the part of Mary to Jesus!  That submissiveness remains in effect, even at Calvary.

The Jewish custom of water pots for purification; (6) which held approximately 30 to 40 gallons apiece were there.  Jesus said: “Fill the water pots with water.”  They, in obedience filled them “to the brim”.  Then He said: “Draw some out now and take it to the head-waiter.”  They obeyed!

“When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew,) the headwaiter “called the bridegroom, and said to him, ‘Every man serves the good wine first and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now’.” (4:9-10)

Again and again in the few years of His ministry, Jesus showed that when we wait for God to perform the miraculous it is obvious He will not only give us His very best, but it will come in His time, for our benefit!

The performance of this miracle and many subsequent miracles should suffice as examples that we must adhere to the realization that He will be there to intervene on our behalf.  He is aware of exposures in advance.   We claim His promise: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

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