Sunday, September 19, 2010

The old giving way to the new

John 1 (1-10) The Message

1-3 Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there. Jesus and his disciples were guests also. When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus' mother told him, "They're just about out of wine."

4Jesus said, "Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn't my time. Don't push me."

5She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, "Whatever he tells you, do it."

6-7Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, "Fill the pots with water." And they filled them to the brim.

8"Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host," Jesus said, and they did.

9-10When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn't know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, "Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you've saved the best till now!"

There is a dichotomy between the old (man made wine) and the new (miraculous wine from God). They don't flow alongside each other. They are not miscible.

When the old mindset that depends on self/flesh gives way to the new mindset of dependency on God/Spirit, the finest wine, the best wine will start to flow. When we are at level zero of ourselves, and willing to come back to the Father, just like the story of the prodigal son, the Father will embrace us without question. When we are full of ourselves, our performances instead of Jesus' performance on the cross, we will not be able to experience the abundant life that God promises. The flesh is not miscible with the Spirit, the old is not miscible with the new wine, the old covenant has to give way to the new covenant. Praise God.

The Spirit is always willing and generous but the flesh is weak; the flesh is the bottleneck to the superfluous/miraculous flow of the Spirit, the outpouring of the new wine.


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