John 2:10-12 Save Best For Last
10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. 12 After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.
There is so much going on in John chapter 2, where Jesus performs His first miracle as He is Immanuel ( God with us). Its significance is uncanny if you know God’s word and the gift that is His Son, Jesus Christ. Most girls I grew up with look forward to their wedding day. When I was a little boy, I remember playing with a neighborhood girl, and she asked if we could pretend we were getting married. She picked flowers or weeds, had them in her hair, and we said our “I Do’s,” and maybe I kissed my make-believe, new wife. Wedding gifts are given to the bride and the groom at weddings ceremonies. The invited guest wants to wish the new couple a happy, blessed life forever together. I really dislike pop music, but I will hear a tune that will tickle my ears once in a while. I really do not listen to pop music radio stations. Vanessa Williams’ single “Save the Best For Last” is her signature song. The tune did not really catch my attention but the song’s story. According to the lyrics of the Vanessa song, a young lady and man are close friends, and the lyrics is from the girl’s point of view. She reflects on how many years she witnessed all the failed relationships her friend had, who is now her husband, was his best friend the whole time. She would hear him complain and wonder who was his soul mate and the love of his life. The young lady in the song loved her friend and thought to herself, why is my friend so foolish? I am the best woman for him, but he wastes time on silly girls who do not really love or know him. When he finally realizes she is his soulmate, they get married, and she is grateful; he saved the best love of his life for last. In the Old Testament, innocent animals’ sacrificial blood was a requirement for forgiveness of sin. Wine is a symbol of blood, and most Christians know at the Passover meal Jesus had with His disciples, Jesus said, drink this wine for it is His blood. This new covenant will be poured out for the forgiveness of all mankind.
Matthew 26:27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is being poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it with you, new, in My Father’s kingdom.”
Now God knew the blood of innocent animals was never good enough for a relationship. Sadly, so many servants who took part in sacrificial worship did not. Sadly, many past and present servants of the Lord still don’t know Him or share Him like the servants at the wedding feast in John 2: 1-11 did. All forms of worship and devotion are meaningless unless, without giving your best, the Lord gives His best, pouring out His blood for our sins and the promise of the kingdom of heaven when we know and remember Him. That is why I see the beauty of John 2:1-11, the master of the wedding feast did not know who provided the best wine for last. Still, the servant did, and Jesus’ disciples witnessed the miracle, and they believe He is Immanuel (God with us). Dear brothers and sisters, if Jesus our Lord was and will give of Himself first and last, we should do the same. Give the Lord your best to get to know, and His love will be like the best sweet tasting wine that Jesus saved for you and me, first and last. God bless you all. Jesus, the Bridegroom, loves you, and so do I. His bondservant, Samuel Jerry Head.
Hebrews 10:4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, “You have not desired sacrifice and offering, But You have prepared a body for Me; 6 You have not taken pleasure in whole burnt offerings and offerings for sin. 7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come (It is written of Me in the scroll of the book) To do Your will, O God.'”
Hebrews 9:14-20 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!