Summary: We the church are given the task to share God’s party, to let the world know God rocks and we rock too, that they may RSVP to His party invite.
The biggest concert in Canadian history is now history. Summer 2003 we saw the Rolling Stones headlined the SARS concert to tell the world that TO is SARS free, SO COME WORLD! It is safe, no fear of catching a deadly disease and then suffer and die from it, come party. This Fall 2003, Canada is going to see another big event. I wonder if you have heard about it? It is a dinner invitation. Some are saying that it is the biggest dinner invitation in Canadian history. Beginning September 15, 2003 all across this nation . Canadians of all ages, classes and spiritual persuasions will be invited to attend special events sponsored by more than 2,000 churches. Why? Let me tell you about a dinner story in the Bible…
When Jesus burst onto the scene with his first miracle do you know where it was performed? According to John 2, it was at Cana in Galilee. Where Jesus changed water into an alcoholic beverage. What was the setting? A wedding party! So John 2 says:
The next day Jesus’ mother was a guest at a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. 2 Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother spoke to him about the problem. “They have no more wine,” she told him.
No wine that’s disaster… shame, bad planning, bad hosts, little to be joyful about… bad news… but Jesus saved that day… turned water into wine… not just cheap wine, but quality stuff, the best!
9 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. 10 “Usually a host serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone is full and doesn’t care, he brings out the less expensive wines. But you have kept the best until now!”
John 2:11 (NIV) “This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee.” Why? I submit to you, that Jesus is making a statement. God is inviting people to a party, a dinner party, a wedding party, and it will have wine flowing, a sign of joy, of laughter, unadulterated happiness, jumping up for joy, kicking up the heels, the best feel-good blowout party! A wedding, what a perfect picture that is of love, joy, intimacy, worth, passion, romance! This is what Jesus came for, He died making that statement anticipating the wine being poured out again. Wine of his blood will flow, so that the wine of joy, of celebration of love will go unabated into eternity. In the best way He can, He is making a statement of celebration that will go on and on... Yes! The best is still to come!!! The wine of God will flow into a world that’s got no more wine, no more joy, laughter, love! That’s the story of the last supper in Luke 22 (NLT)…
14 Then at the proper time Jesus and the twelve apostles sat down together at the table. 15 Jesus said, “I have looked forward to this hour with deep longing, anxious to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. 16 For I tell you now that I won’t eat it again until it comes to fulfillment in the Kingdom of God.”