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7 Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet." They did so, 9
and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned
into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the
servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom
and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the
cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have
saved the best till now." 11
This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of
Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith
are some unusual things about Jesus' first miracle. To begin with,
the supply of wine at a wedding doesn't seem like it really warrants
supernatural intervention. There also seems to be reluctance on Jesus'
part. His mother wants him to do something, but he doesn't want to get
involved; he doesn't think it's the right time. When he does get
involved, it seems to be at Mary's insistence. And though he performs a
miracle, he does so in an anonymous way. Only Mary and the servants
seem to know what has happened.
All of these
peculiarities make fertile ground for both speculation and question.
We ask “why this” and wonder “why that?” John jumps beyond our
questions about this specific miracle and gets to a bigger question:
Why miracles at all? His answer: To reveal Jesus' glory and to foster his disciples' faith in him (v. 11).
Response and Action:As
I encounter Jesus' miracles while reading the gospels of Matthew,
Mark, Luke, and John, I will remember what John said at the conclusion
of his account of Jesus' first miracle. I will ask myself, "What does
this miracle reveal to me about Jesus' glory?" and "What does this
miracle call me or cause me to believe about Jesus?" I will look for
his glory and consider my faith in him.
God, help me to recognize Jesus as your Son, the Christ, the Savior,
and Lord. Help me to grow in my knowledge and experience of who he is
and what that means. Increase my faith and do a miraculous work in my
life. Take my bondage to sin and transform it into freedom and
righteousness. Help me to live by the miraculous power of resurrection.
Change my heart from stone to flesh. Turn the tepid and bitter waters
of my life into the rich new wine of your Spirit. Take my death and
give me life. In Jesus transforming and powerful Name, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses:
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who
comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who
earnestly seek him.
by C. S.Lewis