|Today’s Scripture: This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. John 2:11|
|Would you drink gasoline or eat rat poison? Of course not! You know putting those substances in your body would kill you! So why would we think for one second that the Son of God would produce alcohol, something that eventually yields the same results, as His first miracle? God is very clear that drunkenness is wrong, sinful, and leads to death. Yet, for some reason, we still want to think that social drinking is okay. This topic is where the rubber meets the road. I know that if I would slack on social drinking, I would get a whole lot more people at my church. But, I can’t preach a lie.
Was the beverage that Christ made at the wedding of Cana water or wine? I cannot tell you how many times I have heard that question presented by other Christians. They bring up the marriage of Cana like it is some magical loophole they have discovered to permit social drinking. The measurement mentioned in John chapter 2 was an incredible amount. If you think about it logically, that would have been one wild party. There is no way making alcohol would have manifested Christ’s glory. When I preached this message to my congregation, I put three massive trash cans on our stage to help everyone get a little taste of how much wine that really would have been.
I do not know if you have ever been to an open bar, but as an unsaved young man, I would sit there and watch everything unfold. First, people would start losing their senses, and then men would begin hitting on other men’s wives. Soon, fights would break out and there would be an unbelievable amount of ruckus just because a group of people were intoxicated. Now, let’s take a minute to think about Christ’s character. Although He did reach out to the vilest sinners, He would not have attended an out-of-control wedding party and then equip them with the alcohol. If the wine that was initially present at the party was fermented, everyone would pretty much have already been a disaster. If Christ had supplied more on top of that, it would have been as though He was providing an open bar.
I don’t care what anyone says, after considering Christ’s perfect character, I am completely confident the wine was simply grape juice. This passage does not give us a right to drink anything intoxicating whatsoever. Let’s not twist Scripture to make excuses for ourselves. Instead, let’s use God’s Word to guide us into becoming a pure vessel that He can use to pour out blessings, honor, and glory to Him and all those around us. Choose to take a stand against social drinking. I promise you, you will be glad you did.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder