Why Wine is Good for Non-Believers

I can still remember going through the D.A.R.E program in grade school. I can still remember winning the D.A.R.E. essay contest in my class. If there was ever a poster child for not drinking wine, doing drugs, smoking, or becoming alcoholic, I would stand behind that child, and many may be surprised to see the title of this blog coming from me.

Would you ever think that you would ever hear someone say that wine is good for those who are searching for truth? Whether you say yes or no, I will say this was not originally my idea. Let me explain.

John 2:1-11 describes the first sign Jesus performed in Galilee (2:1). By turning ordinary water into good wine, he manifested his glory and caused the disciples to believe in Him (2:11). This verifies Christ’s deity (John 1:14) as these men were able to see a sign that could only be done by divine power.

So what is to be made of this? Are you to expect that Jesus will make wine for you when life gets you down?

Actually, John implies that when you look at this sign, you have a choice to make. You can either not believe in Jesus, or “keep the good wine until now” (i.e. follow Jesus today, 2:10). Jesus is ‘the good wine’ in the sense that he is better than the ‘ordinary water.’

The bottom line is that Jesus can make surprising changes in your life. This sign was written so that you might believe that Jesus is capable of the power he demonstrated at the wedding feast (2:11; 20:30-31). Obeying him will mean that, “…you have kept the good wine until now” (2:10).

What will you do? Will you make the simple switch to believe the sign? Will you believe in the one with divine glory and power? Will your life be changed by the ‘good wine?’


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