Sunday, December 30, 2012

Desire of Ages 1

Christ: the Desire of Ages

Often when we are placed in a difficult situation, we doubt that the Spirit of God has led us. But it was the Spirit's leading that brought Jesus into the wilderness. When God brings us into trials, He has a purpose to accomplish for our good.

When the Spirit of God touches the heart, it brings human pride low. The person sees that worldly pleasure, position, and power are worthless. Then only humility and self-sacrificing love are exalted as having any value.

Jesus' first miracle- water to wine. Jesus used his power to add joy to a wedding feast. In the same way, he showed His sympathy with us and his desire to minister to our happiness. In the wilderness, he himself had drunk the cup of sorrow, and He came from there to give us the cup of blessing... The gift of Christ to the marriage feast was a symbol. Human hands brought the water to fill the jars, but the word of Christ alone could give it life-giving power. The word of Christ provided ample supply for the feast. His grace is similarly abundant to blot out iniquity and to renew and sustain the spiritual life. The wine Christ provided for the feast, and which He gave the disciples as a symbol of his own blood, was the pure juice of the grape. Isaiah refers to this when he speaks of the new wine "in the cluster" and says "Do not destroy it, for a blessing is in it." Isaiah 65:8

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