Today’s Reading: John 2:1-12
The book of John records seven miracles that Jesus performed. John refers to them as “dunamis” or a “sign” – an event that has a deeper meaning. This morning, let’s look closely at Jesus’ first miracle, praying that God will show us a deeper meaning. Many people look to this account of Jesus turning the water into wine and make it about the wine. I am searching for a deeper purpose and a deeper meaning to what Jesus did for this bridal party.
The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.
When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”
This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
After the wedding he went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples. – John 2:1-12
It sounds to me like very few people at the wedding even knew about the miracle. The servants obviously knew where the wine had come from – they knew better than anyone else. This group whom society devalued had a front row seat to the Messiah’s first miracle. John does not clearly state the impact this had on the servants but I can only imagine their lives were never the same.
Jesus’ mother knew they were running out of wine and knew who had provided in abundance for this wedding celebration. Jesus had not performed a miracle or miraculous sign yet, but Mary seemed to know what he was capable of. Was she forcing him to do something before it was time or did she simply believe he would be able to do something to help save this special occasion? Was she amazed at what he did? Perhaps this was the day when Mary’s view of her son was transformed, helping her understand that Jesus was ready to go about his Father’s business.
I would assume his brothers knew as well but it does not say. We know they struggled to believe that Jesus was the Messiah, some not believing until after he was raised from the dead, so perhaps they did not witness how Jesus transformed the water into wine.
TRANSFORMATION – I believe that is what this miracle is about. Jesus took six stone water jars each holding 20 to 30 gallons of water and turned them into 180 gallons of fine-tasting wine. It took a simple, everyday beverage (water) and transformed it into a quality, highly-valued drink (wine).
But the transformation was not about the water turning into wine. The true transformation was in the disciples. Curiosity had made them followers, this miraculous sign made them believers. They witnessed the power of Jesus and their lives would never be the same.
Jesus transformed the lives of the disciples, just as He transforms our lives. He takes our simplicity and is able to make us into highly effective tools for Him to use to change the world. He takes our impure, imperfect lives and purifies us, giving us a new quality and new value. We are never the same.
The enemy wants to convince us that we have not changed. The world wants to continue to define us by what we used to be. God sees us as His beautiful creation – He is changing and perfecting and filling us with His Spirit.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being TRANSFORMED into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 13:17-18
Heavenly Father, I am so thankful that I have been REDEFINED by Jesus and that my life has been TRANSFORMED by Him. Thank you for seeing me for what I could become instead of what I am. Thank you for taking my impure, imperfect life and purifying me – giving me a new quality and a new value in you. When the enemy tries to convince me of who I am, remind me of whose I am. Remind me that I am your beautiful creation – your masterpiece – a work in progress. Amen.