On the Way to a Wedding

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At first glance, it looked like He was on His way to a wedding.

 

It was a family affair, with His mother busily helping prepare.

 

It would take almost three days for Him to walk there since it was about 70 miles or so (John 1:28, 43; 2:1).

 

Why He resolved to go to the wedding, I don’t know. Maybe it was His sister’s wedding (or a cousin’s or even an aunt’s).

 

Just prior, He’d been dealing with the devil in the wilderness (Matthew 3:13-17; 4:1-11). But now, He was on His way to a wedding.

 

He didn’t go alone. Peter and Andrew joined Him on His journey (John 2:2).

 

But maybe Jesus wasn’t just on His way to a wedding. Maybe He was on His way to make disciples as well.

 

After all, on His way, Jesus Himself found Philip (John 1:43).

 

And Philip, a loyal friend, found Nathaniel. “Come,” Philip said to Nathaniel. “See, Who I have found” (John 1:45). And Philip brought his friend to Jesus. Yes, on the way to the wedding, Jesus was making disciples.

 

But look again. “Before Philip called you,” Jesus told Nathaniel when they met, “I saw you” (John 1:48). In the Spirit, Jesus was listening and watching as Nathaniel agonized in prayer underneath a fig tree.

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Jesus’ purpose wasn’t just to attend a wedding. And it wasn’t even to gather disciples, as important as that was.

 

No, His foremost motivation, no matter His journey, was simply to connect God and man.

 

“You shall see the heavens opened”, He said, “And the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man” (John 1:51).

 

I needed this lesson today. I get bogged down in the details, whether it is going to a wedding or staying to make disciples. My mind often leads me astray from just how effortless and fresh Christ truly is (2 Corinthians 11:3).

 

I need to focus on faithing. The dynamic surge of Spirit in mine — I in Him, and He in me (Romans 8:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 1:27). Life is not nearly as complicated as I try to make it. 

 

“Lord, thank You for taking care of all the details (Psalm 138:8). I purpose today to pursue You (Romans 8:5). Draw me after You so that we can run together (Song of Songs 1:4). Let’s go”.