Saving The Best For Last

Thursday, May 23, 2002

John 2:9b-10 – Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now." (NIV)

When I was young and my mother cooked all the meals, I used to look over my plate and pick out the one thing I liked best. Once I had determined that, I proceeded to eat, but I saved the best for last.

That is how it was in today's scripture when Christ changed the water into wine at the wedding banquet. The master questioned why the bridegroom chose to save the best of the wine to serve last. We know that Jesus changed the water into wine, but the master of the banquet did not know it at that time.

In reading the preceding verses, I saw that verse 4 said something I had not focused on before, when Jesus said, "My time has not yet come." At the wedding banquet, Christ performed His first miracle, and began His ministry among the people. But His "time" came at the end, when he gave his life for us. He saved His best for last.

Likewise, we have the opportunity to serve our master with all the gifts given to us. When our life on earth is finished, and we enter into His heaven, we are assured He will have saved His best for us for last.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for choosing us and giving Your Son for us, that we in turn may serve Him. We thank You for Your promise that one day we will be given the best at the last. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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