The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.' Luke 4:18-19
Hurt people hurt people. Blind guides are worthless. A prisoner is the last person who can set you free.
Yet so many of us assume that when we get married, our hurts will magically go away,
we'll instantly see how to be successful in relationships when we never have been before, and our spouse who is stuck in their past will somehow set us free from ours.
Marriage does not change us, but Jesus can.
When Jesus spoke the words in our verses today, He was run out of His hometown and the people tried to throw Him off a cliff. He miraculously escaped, and do you know what He did next? He went to the next town over for a wedding.
It could very well be that the happy couple had been in the synagogue when Jesus made this bold declaration about Himself. If so, it's easy to think that this couple wanted the change He brought, knowing that marriage alone would not change them. Perhaps you want that change today. If so, then here are three things you need to know:
First, Jesus wants to be invited. He was invited to the wedding, where He then changed the water to wine. Jesus will wait for your invitation before He brings change to your marriage. Second, Jesus wants to be obeyed. Mary, Jesus' mother, told the servants at the wedding to do whatever Jesus told them to do, and only when they obeyed did the water turn to wine.
The change we need will come as we obey Jesus.
Third, Jesus wants to be believed. Those in the wedding who believed in Him became His disciples, and only they became changed like the wine was. They were the only ones who got the point of the whole thing.
We can watch Jesus change lots of things around us, but only when we do these three things will He come and change us. He wants to set us free, open our eyes, and heal our hearts, but it will require change.
Will you let Jesus change you today?
Prayer Lord Jesus,
I am so glad that You have come with the good news of healing, wholeness, and salvation! I know I need these things in my life and my marriage, and I am willing to change in order to get them. Please come change me, I invite You and I will follow You as You do this work in me.