John 2:1-10

John 2:1-10  has Jesus in Cana at a wedding with His mother.  The disciples were also guests and a problem was beginning to appear.  “Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus and his disciples were guests also. When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, They’re just about out of wine”. Scripture is full of stories where Jesus was part of a good time.  Some believe that walking with Christ means we can’t enjoy life.  That’s not what Jesus Himself demonstrated.  He was often in the middle of enjoying things.

But there is a problem at hand at this wedding party.  The wind is running low.  It may not seem like a big deal, but in that day this would be a major fail.  The wedding celebration was about providing adequately for the guests, and if not it would involve social disgrace. In the closely knit communities of Jesus’ day such an error would never be forgotten.  Jesus doesn’t really want to get involved.  “Jesus said, Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn’t my time. Don’t push me. She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, Whatever he tells you, do it”.  Jesus respectfully tells Mary that it isn’t time for His public ministry yet.  But she doesn’t want to see her friends disgraced, so prepares things for a miracle telling the servers to be prepared to do whatever Jesus instructs them to do.

Mary knows the supernatural ability her Son has.  She doesn’t seem to understand the timing of His ministry, but she has complete confidence in His ability to change the world around Him.  “Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim. “Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did”.  Jesus respectfully honors His mom’s request to get involved.  He has the servers fill six big pots with water.  No abra cadabra or other magic – merely following His instruction was all it took.

They did and then filled their serving pitchers from the water filled containers. “When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now”!  The host can’t say enough good about the miraculous wine that Jesus had created without any fanfare and very few knowing what He had done.  He didn’t just create something as good as what was there – He generated the best.  This is the first of His many miracles that begin to reveal His supernatural power as God’s Son.  He starts with people He knows, demonstrating His love and care for people.  What a Savior we have!

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