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Very early on within our ministry, God directed me to study the miracles in the Bible. The person with the most fascinating miracle ministry was Jesus Himself. The first recorded miracle that Jesus performed, I believe, communicates to us many facets of the heart of God. This miracle was the turning of water into wine at the wedding at Cana of Galilee. John 2:11, "This beginning of miracles Jesus did in Cana of Galilee..."
The Beginning of Miracles: Fullness of Joy in Him
Firstly, we discover what type of event Jesus attended. God does everything strategically and things that happen first set a precedence. He was at a wedding to celebrate a marriage. Jesus did not find Himself too spiritual to rejoice in the union of two souls in matrimony!
We often imagine Jesus raising the dead, healing the leper, or opening the eyes of the blind, but we see another side of Him as the wedding attendee. He was there to appreciate and celebrate a beautiful moment in someone's life, maybe a friend or relative.
Secondly, in this passage in John chapter 2, we discover that Jesus turned water into wine. The fact that God chose this as Jesus' first miracle gives us a sneak peek into the mind of God. When He realized that His own mother and the wedding party would lose joy by the absence of the customary wedding libations, He was moved with compassion.
God desires that our "joy be made full." John 16:24, "Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full." God rejoices with us when we have joy over His favor and blessings in our lives. (Photo via Unsplash)
In Luke 10, Jesus gives a direct command to His disciples, telling them that He wants them to rejoice. Jesus had sent out 70 of His disciples to share the message of the Kingdom of God, to heal the sick, and to bring deliverance to the captives. Luke 10:17, "The seventy returned with joy, saying, 'Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name!'"
Our Lord's response to them was this: "Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in Heaven" (Luke 10:20). He was not against them celebrating their achievements, rather, He wanted them to celebrate from the correct perspective, a heavenly perspective.
It brings pleasure to the heart of God that we can overcome, achieve, receive answers to prayer, and experience breakthroughs in our own lives. Because God is intimately connected to us by His Holy Spirit, He celebrates us when we celebrate—even the small things He does in our lives.
I believe this is one of the reasons why the Bible says in Philippians 4:4 to "rejoice in the Lord always!" Because God celebrates us, we should always celebrate Him.
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Freedom 4 the Nations
Demontae Edmonds is the founder of Freedom 4 the Nations, host of "This is Freedom" podcast on Charisma Podcast Network, and host of Atlanta's "Highways" TV program. His heart is to share the reality of Jesus Christ with the world through demonstrations of the Holy Spirit's power and presence. He has authored the books "Grab Hold of Your Miracle," "Discerning of Spirits: 7 Dimensions of Revelation," and "The Supernatural Gift of Faith."
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