his first miracle

Why at a wedding?  Why was it that moment that the Father chose for Jesus to reveal His glory?

Initially Jesus stated to His mother, Mary, that His time had not yet come.  It seems He tried to excuse Himself from potentially solving the issue of no more wine.  She gives His response no regard but proceeds to tell the banquet servants to do whatever Jesus says to do.

Fill the jars with water.

Why the urgency?  Why must Jesus get involved, and how are six water jars going to impact the kingdom of heaven?

First, the location is of prime importance.  It is at a wedding in Cana that the Father makes known His Son; “He thus revealed His glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him” (John 2:11).  Likewise, the Wedding Feast of the Lamb is that great and glorious celebration to come.  Jesus will gather the faithful for feasting and joyous celebration, and just like the wedding at Cana, there will be no lack!

Second, God wants us to know that when Jesus comes on the scene, things change.  We’re not just talking an attitude shift or a change in shape.  Jesus creates a change in chemical properties!  He changed water (two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen) to wine (pure juice of mashed grapes- I obviously do not know a chemical equation for wine)!  This speaks such hope because we were all born with a sinful nature, but when Jesus comes into my house, “I am a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Lastly, God shows us in this miracle that He is very selective of the eyes that can see His Son.  Yes, I understand that many wedding party members and attendees saw Jesus feasting and celebrating at the wedding, but few saw Him with the eyes of their hearts.

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.  (John 2:9)

What is the common factor for all who SEE the Lord?  Humility.  Shepherds, fishermen, tax collectors, banquet servants, children… they all see Him.  May we, too, believe upon the miracle at the wedding in Cana and in humility SEE Jesus, the Son of God.

4 Comments on “his first miracle”

  1. Some of Jesus’ disciples, who saw his glory (in the miracle of new wine), were a few days earlier disciples of John, who saw the Spirit descending from heaven and remaining on Jesus at his baptism (Jn. 1:31-34). John also contrasted his baptism with water and Jesus’ baptism with the Spirit; the Spirit would be the great gift from Jesus. So the Jewish water for purification that was changed to new wine could be another portrait, the first “sign,” of this transition from the old waters to Jesus’ new wine. In Jn. 7:38-39 Jesus portrays the Spirit as living water (which was also contrasted with natural water in his talk with the Samaritan woman in Jn. 4). Jesus’ gift of the Spirit is the heavenly glory that transforms us into new creations, as we humbly follow the way of Jesus through the power of his Spirit.

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