How do we always feel when people that always come to us are now matured enough to turn to the LORD themselves; when they no longer seek us to relay to them what GOD is telling us about them?
We have been playing the role of the friend to the Bridegroom but finally, the bride gets to meet the Groom. What will be our reaction or response when all that we receive from the Bride and Groom with respect to the mediatorial relationship is diminishing by the day?
GOD had raised CHRIST for people to behold Him and accept Him like Moses’ serpent. To aid their belief, He performed miracles that could only be traced to GOD. All they needed to do was believe that CHRIST was the son of GOD and that He came from GOD to bring salvation and eternal life. CHRIST did His part perfectly according to the Father’s will. When the serpents came to the camp of the Israelites and started biting them because of their sins, GOD told Moses to make a bronze serpent and put it on a tree that whosoever looks on to it should be saved. Numbers 21: 4-9
Being born again comes from our belief and confession that CHRIST is the Son of GOD, our LORD and Saviour. Then we will begin to have knowledge about HIM and also know why He saved us and what He saved us into. His kind of nature (His Spirit like a baby) would have been deposited in us who are supposed to be fed like babies. As new born babies, we would see and recognize his Kingdom but we would not be able to enter therein because we have not fed on the Water and the Spirit has not been leading us.
CHRIST was not a cruel man not to commit himself to the people. This is because their belief was a function of His miracles and even though they were sincerely committed to Him, His trust was solely in GOD and never bank on men for anything. He was only proving the truth that man should not be given commitment when GOD is in the middle of things. Whatever GOD is doing must not be committed to people unless GOD asks us to.
The Jews could not comprehend CHRIST’ sayings. They reasoned CHRIST’s words with the head knowledge of the scriptures they possessed. They were only accustomed to the histories and the doctrines that have been passed to them from generation to generation. The disciples on the other hand, were Jews too but they were the people that believed in the Person of CHRIST and the Words He spoke. They related and worked with CHRIST by faith and they were not disappointed in the end. Though they did not understand everything concerning the scriptures, they believed in CHRIST who was (and still is) the embodiment of the Word of GOD. The Pharisees could not come to the understanding of CHRIST’s words because they had no relationship with Him.
The House of the LORD (Church) is not meant for buying and selling but a House where His saints meet, fellowship together and blesses each other with prayer and the Word of the LORD. Anything that takes our attention from these things is not meant to be allowed in The House of our LORD. The name suggests that anything that has nothing to do with bringing people closer to GOD should not be allowed. In The House of our LORD, The LORD is indeed the Beginning and the Ending.
The servants might be wondering in silence what CHRIST was trying to achieve by filling up the waterpots with water when all they needed was wine. But they did one thing right – They obeyed by faith and that was all CHRIST was asking for! Our walk with GOD must not be measured by what we know naturally. We must let our trust in GOD take control of our personalities and beliefs. As servants, all we need to do is obey as those who trust in His Person and His Words! And we cannot do this unless we yield all our being to Him. And as servants that we are to the True Master we don’t ask questions; we just obey first.
Question: What do you think happened to the servants that obeyed CHRIST?
My Answer: Their mind would be enlightened and they would want to know more about HIM. Our level of wisdom and understanding of GOD and His Son depends on how much we are willing to go in obedience by faith to His simple instructions without unnecessarily querying HIM.
CHRIST was a man of great authority but at the feast in Galilee, authority was not given to HIM to approve or disapprove anything at the feast in Cana and He being the Author and the Fulfilling of the Law knew this. If CHRIST who is GOD respected authority, who are we not to?
In truth, our relationship in GOD is meant to make us good children and parents at home, exemplary students and teachers at school, and model citizens of our countries.
Even though CHRIST’s’ miracle was enough to direct all authority to Himself, He would still let the governor of the event determine whether the water is suitable as wine or not.
Question: What would have happened if CHRIST had undermined the governor’s authority in the process of turning water to wine?
Answer: The miracle might still happen and people would feel awed by what was done but that would have negated all that CHRIST embodied from the FATHER.
GOD give me the willingness and the yieldedness to obey You even when You do not make sense to me. Let my relationship with You be evident as a person whose life fulfills the law of GOD and men.
On arriving at the place of marriage ceremony in Cana, wine had already been exhausted. The wine pots had run dry and people were longing to see their thirst quenched. CHRIST like many of us could have jumped to the opportunity to portray Himself as the “Hero of the day” but He was particular with the timing. Despite His mother’s approach to notify Him of the situation at hand, He replied, “You must not tell me what to do, my time has not yet come” (GNB). This does not give liberty to children to disobey their fathers and mothers as CHRIST was simply telling Mary that GOD’s time was what He was waiting for.
Whatever Nathanael saw or knew about CHRIST that moment was too little to what GOD had in stock for him. CHRIST made him realise that the things He did was nothing compared to what He would do if Nathanael followed HIM to the end. Nathaniel was enraptured by CHRIST’s extraordinary performance but CHRIST was planning something bigger – Heaven on Earth. CHRIST made it known to him that there is something more than what man sees as extraordinary and all these things CHRIST mentioned would only happen if Nathanael followed HIM. He did not need to ask for them, he just needed to accept CHRIST and follow HIM to the end.
Andrew was one of the first to follow CHRIST but he was not selfish to introduce his brother – Peter to CHRIST – that is True Discipleship and Evangelism. Discipleship to him at that point was not different from evangelism. He did not wait for CHRIST to be visible in his life before he started telling people about HIM because CHRIST was physically with them and he started right from his family by inviting Peter who happened to be his brother . . .