Master of Ceremonies

The Master of Ceremonies


There is something about Jesus, something that surprises and supersedes.  Having him around and seeing what he does brings joy.  He is viewed by many as a killjoy, but he is far from that, he is the source of life, meaningful and abundant life, and joy. 

Jesus, during a discussion about his departure and prayer, made a wonderful statement about the intersection of himself and joy. 

You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy. John 16:24 (NLT2)

Abundant joy is something those who have a relationship with Jesus can experience.  The relationship matters.  Someone who is a friend of the owner of a restaurant can ask for food cooked particularly, that would then be prepared just right, and there is joy.  Jesus says to his friends that they are to ask using his name, and they will receive and with that comes joy. 

When Jesus attended a wedding feast, a problem arose because the wine ran out, and Jesus being Jesus and being able to do what he can do, changed water to wine.  The wedding planner, master of ceremonies, wine connoisseur, sommelier, tasted the wine and was surprised the good wine had been held back. 

When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” John 2:9-10 (NLT2)

What joy that wine must have been for everyone involved.  Jesus, far from being one who ruined the party, was rather the real Master of Ceremonies.  His presence and his present of the wine brought abundant joy. 

Have you ever not invited Jesus to an event in your life because he would take the fun out of it?

Did you know your relationship with Jesus included asking privileges and joy?

How would you like Jesus to be the Master of Ceremonies at all your special occasions? 

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