The Wine Ran Out, But The Lord’s Rich Blessings Never Do
Elder Ronnie Loudermilk, Pastor of Union Grove PBC in Monroe, NC
John 2:3, “And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.”
In John chapter two we read about a marriage to which the Lord and His disciples were invited. At this event, when the guests began to be in want of wine to drink in celebration of the marriage, there was none to be found. Mary, the mother of Jesus, came to Him and said, “They have no wine.” Whatever wine was there, or had been there, had run out. The Lord in His mercy and infinite power gave wine to them by changing water into wine, but this important detail of the event can be easily missed if we do not pay close attention when reading. When we consider the wine running out, a Bible student should remember the parable told by Jesus Christ in Luke 15:1132. The Lord told us about a man who had two sons. The younger of the two “said unto his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.” When the father gave to him, the son “took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living” and “spent all” that he had. I’m sure when the young man took the goods from his father he thought he was on an easy street of life from then on. It’s very easy for a child of God to stray from the Lord and think he/she has enough to last. But this world’s goods, as the wine in John 2, will always run out. The things of this world are decaying and fading away. Nothing about this world can satisfy the soul of the child of grace. Yet we read about the son, after “he came to himself” (realized his father was right and he had been wrong), returned home. We read in verse 24, “And they began to be merry.” Nothing is mentioned about the merry making ending, just beginning. Dear child of grace, if this world has caught your eye; If you think it will last and make up for what you will lose by not serving the Lord, please reconsider. The things of this world never last, they always run out. And if you’ve strayed from your Father in heaven to enjoy the pleasures of this world, please turn back and enjoy the precious blessings of the richest Father of all. He and He alone is able to provide blessings and joy that will never run out. Those riches only get sweeter as the days of life pass, until that great and glorious day He takes you and all His children home to that better land above where we all will be glorified together and glorified forever, Amen!