Encountering Jesus
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
John 2:2-11


Jesus, by turning water into wine and rescuing a celebration, is a micro narrative of the larger narrative of redemption. Jesus is saying, “I am rescuing Joy.” Jesus is saying in this miracle at a wedding, “I am the Lord of the Feast; I am the fulfillment of the prophets. This is My first miracle to bring everyone to laughter and joy.”

 The word “Joy” appears 88 times in the Old Testament; 57 times in the New Testament.

 Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation. Rick Warren

 Theme: Joy cannot be manufactured or contrived. Joy is a settled state of contentment, confidence, and hope in Christ.

 Joy in the Present -

 Joy in the Future –

 Anglican Prayer of Joy
Lord this Christmas help us experience real joy in knowing that Jesus loves us and is coming back for us regardless of who we are or what our individual pasts might be, no matter what problems we have, the nature of the storms that plague us or the ways life can zigzag on us. Let us have real joy in the comfort of Your love as we learn to trust You, crown You, and make You part of our day-to-day lives.