E-votional - Magic & Miracles
January 19-25, 2004


“Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it.”

John 2:7-8 (NRSV)


David Copperfield has captivated and amazed the world for years. Walking through the Great Wall of China and making the Statue Of Liberty Disappear. He has been knighted and won many awards based on his ability to entertain. The Library of Congress even acknowledged him as a Living Legend in 2000. this, from a kid who began entertaining as a professional magician at the age of 12, teaching magic at NYU at the age of 16. More than 3 billion have seen what he can do. The illusions are mind-boggling and defy logic, challenging us to assess what is real and what is not. But in the end, magic is just that, an illusion. So, what about turning water into wine, at a party no less?

Hear the Good News, God is not a God of illusion, but a God of reality. On that particular and even, quite possibly peculiar day, a day of celebration and excitement, reality touched the hosts and the guests like no illusion ever could. It was no slight of hand or misdirection, rather it was simply Jesus taking control of the moment, responding to the moment. There was no applause or awe, except for a select few, I imagine. In fact, as far as everyone else was concerned it was business as usual. But on that day it was not business as usual, it was God’s interaction with the world, it was God bringing about a change, a change which becomes a sign. The sign of course was for those who would see it and respond to it. What must we do to believe God interacts? How can we recognize the change God brings? Are we even affected by the change? How is it God breaks the silence in your life? Do we believe? Can we see? Those at the party, still enjoyed the party, benefiting from Jesus' activity there, but the Disciples were changed forever, "they believed in Him."


   Gracious God, in the stillness of life You speak, in the Chaos of living You beckon and even today You respond to our needs, thank You.  With so many distractions, it is easy to lose sight of not only Your presence, but Your call to each of us.  Please, help us to remain focused on Your reality and not be distracted by the many illusions of the world.  By Your grace, keep us all in Your care and help us to bring more to know You and Your truth.  Finally, I thank You for all You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for I come to You through Jesus Christ, my Lord, my Savior! Amen.

Grace & Peace

David Banks
Jewett United Methodist Church
PO Box 254
Jewett, TX 75846
(903) 626-4003


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