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Meditations by John Dean

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Jesus Wine

(John 2:10 KJV)  And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

Our text is quick to establish the fact that there are two different grades of wine, “the good and the worse”. As a result one would conclude that knowing the grades of wine is important or the point would have never been made.

The purpose for serving the good wine first (the expensive wine), was to make those who are taste sensitive drink enough to dull their taste buds. As a result, they could be easily deceived into drinking the worse wine (the cheap wine), and never know the difference.

The thing that determines the good wine from the worse wine is the soil that the grape vines are grown in. I  have a friend who’s son-in-law is a connoisseur of wines and travels all over the world working with wineries and growers. As a matter of fact, there does not seem to be an end to his knowledge on the subject of vineyards, soil and wine.

Even though grapes can be grown in many types of soil there are ten top soils that grow the highest quality of grapes. If one plants good vines in bad soil then the result will obviously be a subpar grade of wine…called worse wine.

What is even more interesting is that Jesus came along and made a third grade of wine which had nothing to do with natural soil…but spiritual soil.

Could it be that this new type of wine (the Jesus wine) is a prophetic picture of
Matthew 9:17 where He talked about the need for new wine bottles to hold the new wine? “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:17) 

Could our text also be a prophetic picture of the third day, which is the day of resurrection that the new wine and the new bottles will be established? If that is the case then this is certainly the season for us to make our wine bottles ready for the new wine (the third day revelation).

I was overcome by the Spirit as I sat and listened to my friend talk about what his son-in-law taught at wine conferences all over the world. As a result I came to the conclusion that the wine that Jesus made at Cana had nothing to do with making more wine for the wedding party to drink. Jesus was giving us a prophetic picture of the three seasons of mankind and the last day outpouring.

As for me, I shall never forget that day I went to the alter in our little wood-framed church and gave my heart to the Lord. It was then that the Lord served me this new wine that changed my life forever. Even at eighty years old the new wine is still in effect and I remain spiritually intoxicated and on fire for the Lord to this very day. I may have gone to the alter confused by drinking the worse wine but I left the alter in confidence drinking the Jesus wine.

Father,
Help us to see the deeper meaning in Your Word and partake of the third grade of wine (the Jesus wine). I can do nothing but sit in awe as I see the deep revelation and the promises in each verse in the Bible. We thirst for the miracle wine.

Amen

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