You Are Next!


Christmas time is here, and once again, people are celebrating all over the world. This is a joyous season, as it should be. On that first Christmas morning the angel declared it would be so, saying to the shepherds, “Fear not, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Jesus came that all men may have life in abundance.

That’s why His first miracle was at a wedding. Jesus was not a recluse. He did not have a sour face. He was not anti-social. Our Lord was a happy Christ; a laughing Lord. He was invited to a wedding and he went. And when they ran out of wine, and requested His help, Jesus blessed them by turning 180 gallons of water into the best wine possible. Oh, how He made them laugh with joy!

I’ve never seen Jesus turn water into wine, but I’ve seen him turn frowns into smiles a thousand times. I’ve seen him change fear into hope, grief into joy, and hate into love. I’ve seen him transform what is into what can be thousands of times. He hasn’t changed.

I am reminded of the story of a drunk who was converted and bold in his witness. His friends mocked him and tried to trap him, asking him if he believed Jesus turned water into wine. “Yes, I certainly do”, he said, “for in my life I’ve seen him turn wine into furniture for my house, and into food for my children and into clothes for my family, and into love and respect for my wife.”

Jesus can take a flat, dull, and empty existence and make it meaningful, joyful, and yes, even exciting. He can take empty people, like He did with empty jars at the wedding, and fill them with Himself. He can make them carriers of life and joy and happiness to many. Jesus can take what your life is today and supernaturally transform it into what it can be.

The first miracle of Moses under the Old covenant was to turn water into blood; the first miracle of Jesus was to turn water into wine. The old covenant based on law produced death and sadness, but the new covenant based on grace gives life and joy!

So during this joyous season, if your life is empty and dull, this is my word of advice to you:

Invite Jesus, not just into your life, but invite him to be a part of everything you do each day. Invite him to your wedding, and to your kitchen; to your office and to your bedroom. Acknowledge his presence moment by moment and fellowship with him daily; let Him fill you again and again with Himself.

Jesus is a happy Christ, a laughing Lord. And if you will place your faith in His love and grace, and let Him have His way in your life each day, the next one to be doing a lot of laughing will be you!

Have a very JOYOUS CHRISTMAS!

Bishop Johnson

7 Comments on “You Are Next!

  1. Thank u Bishop, like I plan to preach on sunday christmas day on the FullNESS OF HIS BIRTH. I can remember how hopeless my life was but He has fill my life, turn my frowns into joy, made me meaningful in life. I believe I am next and my laughter will overflow.

  2. I’m Next!!!!! and i strongly believe in this word! just at pointed time… thank you for the encouragement. May God bless you and you family during this glorious season, pleasant and joyous christmas Bishop!!!

  3. Jesus have your way in my life………………………………………..
    God bless you Bishop ahd have a blessed Christmas with your entire family in Jesus name.

    Precious H.N. Jackson.

  4. Thank you Bishop for this message of encouragement. God bless you and a joyous Christmas to you, Lady Chrys and the Bethel family in Silver Spring

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You Are Next!


Christmas time is here, and once again, people are celebrating all over the world. This is a joyous season, as it should be. On that first Christmas morning the angel declared it would be so, saying to the shepherds, “Fear not, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Jesus came that all men may have life in abundance.

That’s why His first miracle was at a wedding. Jesus was not a recluse. He did not have a

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