Taste and See


John 2
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

In attempting to get us to Taste and See, I admit that the post today may be a stretch for some of you to connect what I am saying. In the post Why Jesus Reveals His Glory, I presented the first recorded miracle of Jesus was turning the water to wine. Let’s listen to the commentary on the master of the banquet. “the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.””

Psalms 34:8 is an invitation to try God and experience the benefits. This is what Jesus shows us in the first miracle. Universally, we all taste and determine if something is good or not. When the Word of God says “Taste and See“, it is an invitation to ingest Jesus and determine if He is good to you and for you. Physically, we taste with our mouths, but spiritually, we taste with our hearts and minds. We find this truth in Paul’s admonition in dealing with our worries or cares of life. In Philippians 4:6-7, he says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

It is with our hearts, what we feel, and minds, what we think, that we make decisions. Many decisions are determined in error because what we think and what we feel are wrong as a result being improperly based. God’s invitation to Taste and See is for us to view life through His lens and to take steps and actions that He has outlined for us. The master of the banquet had no idea that Jesus had turned the water into wine just as we are oblivious, in many instances, of what Jesus has done for us before we experience a situation.

Taste and See is about tasting the circumstance we are in through the spiritual lens of checking our hearts and minds by our trust in Christ as the Son of God who is at the right hand of God interceding for us. Jesus wants what’s best for us even if we don’t know it i.e. those at the banquet. The wine was seen as the best wine but only after it had been tasted. We must allow ourselves time to ingest or taste our circumstances which will reveal God’s glory and purpose in our lives. When God’s glory and purpose are open to us, the see portion of Taste and See comes to life. We, like the banquet master, begin to extol the work of God in our lives or the lives of others. The goal of Jesus’ glory being revealed is faith in Him. Verse 11 says, “What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.”

Matthew Henry states “That his disciples believed on him. Those whom he had called (John 1:35-51), who had seen no miracle, and yet followed him, now saw this, shared in it, and had their faith strengthened by it. Note, (1.) Even the faith that is true is at first but weak. The strongest men were once babes, so were the strongest Christians. (2.) The manifesting of the glory of Christ is the great confirmation of the faith of Christians.” Taste and See

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