My wife and I honeymooned in Napa Valley, California. Home to some of the most esteemed wines in the world, we were treated by one of my partners to a private wine tasting held at an exclusive winery. From our first sip, we were enamored by this gem. Desirous to share this exquisite libation, my wife and I purchased a case and gave a bottle to our closest friends who were wine lovers. Meanwhile, we cellared several bottles for ourselves, saving them for a very special occasion.
Several years later, I was at the home of one of these friends, celebrating the birthday of his youngest son. Several of my other close friends were also in attendance and one of them anxiously pulled me aside. “Come on! You have to see this!” We both scurried over to a small group huddled over a bottle of wine. It was THAT bottle of wine, the same one I had given to him from our honeymoon. His wife had randomly opened several bottles of wine for the guests and did not realize the significance of the bottle she was serving, placing them with the soda and juice. Thus, instead of a fine wine glass, we were drinking one of the world’s most opulent wines from a small, disposable paper cup, and it never tasted better! Magnificence presented in the humblest of settings. When have I heard this before?
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9 (ESV)
At any moment during His existence on Earth, Jesus Christ could have spoken the universe out of existence as easily as He spoke it into Creation. His glory and radiance are unknowable and unfathomable by our limited minds. Yet, He chose to give up this magnificence to be born in the body of a human, in a stable, to a poor Jewish couple. He learned the trade of his father, a carpenter, then for a mere three years, He taught the Truth of God to a small group of followers. Jealous rivals connived to deliver Him to the Roman authorities. He was mocked and tortured for His beliefs and died a horrible and humiliating death on the Cross. Yet, three days later, God raised from the dead and by belief in His Resurrection, all who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will have salvation and everlasting life.
Magnificence presented with humility. Jesus Christ became poor so that we would have all of God’s riches.
Paper cup tasting? Indeed! Oh, taste and see that the Lord is Good!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.