The First I Am

Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine;
and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse:
but thou hast kept the good wine until now. – John 2.10
No one really cares that it was on the third day
and there were six stone waterpots able to hold
twenty or thirty gallons each. Those are simply
details the beloved apostle used to tip the occasion
toward its toast, toward the one I AM statement
the sober commentators have always missed.
Only after a few gleaming cups at Cana would guests
be honest enough to hear among all the revelry what
the son of Mary actually meant: I AM the good wine,
kept until now. Now is the earth’s privileged season.
Now is the beginning of my pouring out.

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  1. David on October 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Love the red letter edition.

  2. Tanya Marlow on October 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Goosebumps. Thank you.

  3. Kelly @ Love Well on October 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    The new wine come to burst the old wine skins. I keep circling those verses lately. The old religion cannot capture or withstand the Messiah. Revolution.

  4. Lindsay Terry on October 13, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks John, for helping all of us to get beyond the “water pots” and the “wine” to the “wonder” of the pouring out of the Son of God. May we once again be thankful and bless His name.

  5. Nancy Franson (@nancyfranson) on October 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    “Now is the earth’s privileged season . . . ”

    Yes, hallelujah, and amen!

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