How big is your “God box”? | Avalon Church

No doubt, it had been an interesting few days. John the Baptist had clearly indicated that Jesus was “the Lamb of God,” the promised Messiah. So Andrew, Peter, Phillip and a few others chose to take a break from their normal routine and spend some intentional time with Jesus.

The first few days were pretty special. Jesus was like no one they had ever met. He spoke with such authority and clarity; they learned more about God in that collection of hours than they had over a lifetime at the synagogue. And while some of the things Jesus did were pretty amazing (like tell Nathanael he had seen him under a fig tree before actually meeting him), he still pretty much fit in their “box of expectation” – Jesus was a great teacher; the things he was saying made a lot of sense; they were happy to be around him; they begin to believe great things were about to happen to them because they were with him. So far Jesus was Messiah as they envisioned him to be – he fit nicely in their “God box.”

That is, until they got to Cana. It was a nice wedding and everyone was having a good time. It was pretty much what the gathered crowd expected – until Jesus turned jars of water into wine! This first supernatural, “only God can do it” miracle rocked the disciples and for the first time they truly realized, God is not like us!” Jesus would never fit into their little “God box” again.

“Wow, Pastor Jim, you’re right. That miracle probably really impacted those guys. But that was a long time ago, when miracles still happened. How is Pastor Dale going to make this passage of scripture relevant to us?”

I’m not exactly sure. Perhaps he is going to ask us to all hold up our “God boxes” that apparently are too small to hold miracles.

In preparation for our time of study this Sunday, let me encourage you to read the following verses:

  • John 2:1-11 – Jesus brings a God-sized gift to the wedding

Hmmm…makes me think of a song we sang in church when I was a teenager:

I believe in miracles, I’ve seen a soul set free,
Miraculous the change in one Redeemed through Calvary;
I’ve seen the lily push its way up through the stubborn sod;
I believe in miracles, for I believe in God!

Perhaps our image of God is just too small. Let’s take Him out of the box this Sunday!

Pastor Jim

“Lord, if you want to use me in any way today, I am available.”

Love God – Love Neighbor – Lead Others

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