Lord of the Wine
::CHALLENGE POINT ::
When Jesus turned the water into wine He was thinking of His blood for us; that which will cleanse us. Jesus was sipping the coming sorrow. He had to be thinking of the cup of God's wrath. If we are going to come into the marriage supper of the Lamb, Jesus had to drink the cup of justice. It was terrifying to Jesus because He saw the total separation that was required from His Father at the moment in time when He carried the sins of the world upon His shoulders. Jesus offers us a powerful sensation, a sensory experience of the language. Look at Psalm 34:8, "Taste and see that the Lord is good." Don't we know that the Lord is good? Yes, but I want you to taste that the Lord is good. That's different. This is a sensory experience. Not just to know the love of God, we must taste it. We must experience God. We are invited not to a set of rules, but to a feast, the loveliness and beauty of the Lord.
What is the difference between knowing and learning about God and tasting and seeing God? Tasting the wine Jesus offers us is first to experience Him by delighting in God, and hungering in God. These are sensory experiences, powerful sensations, not just a belief system.
Jesus comes to offer us a relationship with Him that is passionately engaged with Him as the lover of our souls. Nothing cries more for the sensory perception of a relationship with the Holy God than David's crying in Psalm 84, "How lovely is your dwelling place of Lord of hosts, my soul longs and thirst for your courts.”
Do you have a sensory perception of God and the Lord Jesus Christ in your life, or is there a need to personalize your walk, that your view into the spiritual realm will become as real as your daily routine is?