[John Series No.9] True Change

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And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) (John 2:1~9)

The Bible Talks of Change

People often go on trips in order to experience change. However, through the Bible, you can experience change without going on a trip. It is because the Bible itself talks about change. People do not know about this secret of change, and therefore, labor to change on their own. People who have ruined their families because of gambling try to stop gambling. And people who have ruined their families because of drinking labor to quit drinking. People try to become diligent and good. Nevertheless, a change that arises not through your labor, but a natural change, is true change. As recorded in John chapter 2, the water changed into wine. We can clearly see that from the time of creation, God had change in His mind when He created the heaven and the earth. Genesis begins with the lines, God created the heaven and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. The earth, which was without form, void, and in darkness, bloomed with flowers and changed into a garden where fruits were borne and birds sang. Saul, who had persecuted and went against Jesus, changed and became a person who was persecuted for Jesus’ sake. This is how the Bible speaks of change. There are many words of change in the Bible. Therefore, when we read the Bible deeply, we can come to know the “rules” or “laws” of that change. Most people do not know the rules, and thus try to change through their own efforts. This is why it’s difficult. A tadpole, from its birth, was made to change into a frog. A caterpillar, regardless of its current image, was made to change into a butterfly. When time passes and they go through metamorphosis, a tadpole surely changes into a frog and a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. If someone doesn’t know this, he may think, “Hey, how could that become a frog?” When one only sees the caterpillar, he cannot understand that it will become a butterfly, regardless of how hard he tries.

Me? Become a Butterfly?

This happened a while ago when I was visiting Los Angeles. The service ended, and a man in his mid-fifties came limping towards me and spoke to me. “Pastor, your sermon tonight knocked on my heart.” He told me about himself. He said that he had been doing drugs for 40 years. A Korean woman without a green card married him to obtain one. She was pretty and kind like an angel, and all she knew how to do was make money. She would work hard to save money from working at a restaurant, and he would use it all for drugs. He told me about how he had lived so wickedly in such ways. I then asked him, “Tommy, have you ever seen a butterfly?” “Yes, there are not many butterflies in L.A., but I do see them from time to time.” “Tommy, what kinds of insects become butterflies? Do the pretty and beautiful insects become a butterfly, or do disgusting insects become the butterfly?” “It’s the disgusting insect.” “Yes, God has made it this way in order to teach us the process of someone like you, who has lived inside of drugs and filthy, dirty sinfulness, changing into a butterfly by the grace of God. He has made butterflies to be this way.” “Me? Become like a butterfly?” He laughed. “How could I become like a butterfly? That’s nonsense!” His heart was open to me and that night I preached the gospel to him. He went away extremely happy. He was walking with his cane, limping away when I called out, “Tommy, see me for a second,” and had him come back. “Next time you come, throw that cane of yours away.” After