Jesus’ First Miracle

GUWG-WineWe kicked off the year with this resolution:


We’re examining every single syllable uttered by Jesus in the Gospels. Today’s topic: turning water into wine.

Jesus, his mom and the disciples were invited to a wedding. Weddings were an even bigger production back then, lasting up to an entire week.

The drama starts:

When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” (John 2:3)

This was a very big deal. The groom and his family were responsible for funding the wedding. Running out of wine would be a huge embarrassment and could result in a family rift, ruined reputations, lawsuits and maybe even a failed marriage.

Apparently, Jesus and his mom were hanging out with the servants, not the cool crowd:

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

That’s great advice. Here’s what happened next:

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, 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 aside 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.”

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

(John 2:5-11)

So why on earth did Jesus choose this for his very first miracle? It’s a beautiful picture of what Jesus was bringing into this dark world.

The thirsty crowd is like the world without Jesus. They imbibe on the world’s pleasures but find no satisfaction and eventually their supply runs out. The Bible invites thirsty sinners to come to Jesus for the ultimate satisfaction and salvation.

The empty pots represent the joyless legalism instilled by the ritualistic religious leaders before Jesus’ arrival on the scene.

Filled to the brim with water represents filling up with the Word of God (Ephesians 5:26, John 15:3). The servants filling the pots is like the servants of God filling the hearts around them with God’s Word.

Water into wine:  Wine symbolized joy in the Old Testament (Proverbs 3:10, Psalm 104:15). Jesus replaced joyless legalism with joyful grace. He transforms our hearts from barren to bursting with JOY.

Best for last: Too often, we only come to God when we’re at the end of our rope. We look everywhere but to God for fulfillment in this world. Just as the wine Jesus made was the best, so life in him is the best thing on this planet.

Why wait until everything else runs out before trying God? Why save the best until last?

Let Jesus fill you with JOY.

Starting now.

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