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THE FIRST PUBLIC MIRACLE OF JESUS.pdf

THE FIRST PUBLIC MIRACLE OF JESUS.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J. R. MILLER




THE only miracles of Jesus'
thirty silent years were
miracles of love, of obedi-
ence, of duty, of beautiful
living. When we remem-
ber who he was, the Son
of God, in whom all divine fullness dwelt, his
making no manifestation of glory those
yiears was as great a miracle as when at
length he began to do unusual things.
The first recorded appearance of Jesus, after
entering on his public ministry, was at a wed-
ding feast. This tells us of his interest in
hmnan joys. Many people seem to think that
religion is only for times of sorrow. They say
that Christ came to help us in our hours of
pain and in our troubles. But it is sugges-
tive that his first manifestation of divine
power was not in healing a sick man, opening
a blind man's eyes, raising a dead child, but
ia making wine to prolong the joy of a feast.
BY J. R. MILLER




THE only miracles of Jesus'
thirty silent years were
miracles of love, of obedi-
ence, of duty, of beautiful
living. When we remem-
ber who he was, the Son
of God, in whom all divine fullness dwelt, his
making no manifestation of glory those
yiears was as great a miracle as when at
length he began to do unusual things.
The first recorded appearance of Jesus, after
entering on his public ministry, was at a wed-
ding feast. This tells us of his interest in
hmnan joys. Many people seem to think that
religion is only for times of sorrow. They say
that Christ came to help us in our hours of
pain and in our troubles. But it is sugges-
tive that his first manifestation of divine
power was not in healing a sick man, opening
a blind man's eyes, raising a dead child, but
ia making wine to prolong the joy of a feast.

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THE FIRST PUBLIC MIRACLE OF JESUSBY J. R. MILLER THE only miracles of Jesus'thirty silent years weremiracles of love, of obedi-ence, of duty, of beautifulliving. When we remem-ber who he was, the Sonof God, in whom all divine fullness dwelt, hismaking no manifestation of glory thoseyiears was as great a miracle as when atlength he began to do unusual things.The first recorded appearance of Jesus, afterentering on his public ministry, was at a wed-ding feast. This tells us of his interest inhmnan joys. Many people seem to think thatreligion is only for times of sorrow. They saythat Christ came to help us in our hours of pain and in our troubles. But it is sugges-tive that his first manifestation of divinepower was not in healing a sick man, openinga blind man's eyes, raising a dead child, but[89]fat ti^e 'Be0t Ci^fng^ia making wine to prolong the joy of a feast.He is a friend for our happy hours quiteas much as for our hours of sadness. Jesuswants still to attend the social pleasures thatthe young people have. If we have any feastsor entertainments to which we cannot in-vite him, they are not fit enjoyments for a
 
Christian." The wine failed.'* Earth's pleasures alwaysfail. They come in little cups, not in livingfountains. The failing wine at the weddingfeast is an emblem of every joy that is onlyhuman. It lasts a little whik and then the cupis empty. Human love is very sweet. But if there is nothing but the human it will failsome time.The record says that in this first miracleJesus manifested his glory. The glory wasno diviner when it took the form of powerand wrought a miracle than it was when un-revealed. During the thirty years the divinelife in Christ revealed itself in what no oneregarded as supernatural — ^in the beautifullife that grew up in that home, with its at-[901Ci^ijsl 'Beginning of l^ijS ^ign0tention to daily tasks and duties. The neigh-bors did not think of his gentleness of spirit,his graciousness of disposition, his purityand simplicity of life as revealings of divineglory in him. Then that day at Cana theglory was manifested, flashed out so as to beseen.We do not begin to be aware of the divineglory that is about us all these common days.We say there are no miracles now. In the lifeof Christ there were countless simple andbeautiful deeds wrought continually. Duringthat marriage feast Jesus probably was thelife of the company. He was unselfish. If 
 
there was a bashful person among the guests,Jesus was specially kind to him. If there wasone whom all the others neglected, Jesus took an interest in him. If there were any sad orsorrowing ones in the company, Jesus soughtthem out and spoke words of cheer and com-fort to them. There is no doubt that his pres-ence was a benediction to all the guests at thewedding. But nobody thought of these com-mon kindnesses as miracles. Then next hour[91]he changed water mto wine, and instantly allwere amazed and saw in this an evidence thathe was divine.What is glory? It means power, splendor,greatness, honor. What was the glory thatthis particular miracle manifested? For onething it showed Christ's power over nature.There were several of these nature miracles.With a few loaves he fed a multitude of hungry men. Here he provides wine forthe company of wedding guests. He showedhis power over the elements by quieting thestorm and stilling the waves of the sea witha word. He was perfectly at home in all thefields of nature. There ought to be greatcomfort for us in these truths. Our Masteris master of all things. This is his world.But the miracle meant more than this. Whywas this miracle wrought? Not to make adisplay of the power of Christ. Not merelyto show his disciples that he was divine.Every miracle he wrought was wrought asan act of mercy or- love. This beginning of signs was simply a beautiful deed of com-[98]

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