Jesus Study 6 – The 1st Miracle

THIS BLOG SERIES STUDIES THE WORDS AND ACTIONS OF JESUS THROUGHOUT THE FOUR GOSPELS AND APPLIES THEM TO US TODAY. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO START AT THE BEGINNING, GO HERE.

‘Dear woman, why do you involved me?’ Jesus replied. ‘My time has not yet come.’  His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’turning-water-into-wine

“On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, ‘They have no more wine.'”

Somehow, Mary knew Jesus could do something miraculous about the wine. Why else would she involve Him, ask for His help and then command the servants to help Him accomplish it? This may harken back to Jesus’ birth in Luke 2:19 when it says that Mary “treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” The events surrounding the birth of Jesus were amazing, miraculous and extraordinary. Surely Mary knew, even through Jesus’ childhood, that there was something special, incredible, about her son. 

“‘Dear woman, why do you involved me?‘ Jesus replied. ‘My time has not yet come.’  His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.'” “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.‘”

What is interesting is that Jesus appears to refuse Mary’s request here. Maimonides suggests that, like Moses in the wilderness, Jesus performed this miracle out of necessity. I like to think that Jesus chooses His first miracle wisely, not out of necessity, but out of an intentionality that shows His heart and motives. What do I mean? 

Well, Jesus chooses His first miracle to be at a wedding. What does that say about Him? First, Jesus loves weddings and marriage. He blesses marriage. He compares His relationship with His followers to marriage. This sets the theme and tone of His ministry. He is the Husband, we are the bride. 

Secondly, this shows Jesus’ kindness. Jesus is KIND to his bride. He sees a need and fills it. Jesus is moved by a need to act, even if it is for the simple joy and fulfillment of people at a wedding who need wine. The God of the universe stoops to give His people wine at a party. There is nothing too great or too small for God. WaterJars

Thirdly, it shows Jesus is not averse to alcohol. Jesus came to bring joy and merriment. Now, we are not to get drunk (Ephesians 5:18), but Ecclesiastes 9:7 says to eat, drink and be merry, for God has approved of what we will do. 1 Timothy 3:8 tells deacons not to drink “too much” wine, but that implies they can drink some wine. But Jesus not only makes wine – He makes the BEST wine. His gifts are sweet and good and unparalleled. He is a good God, and He loves to give good gifts to His children.

The master of the banquet tastes the wine and gives glory to the bridegroom for his wine and for serving the best wine last, thus honoring his guests. But the Bible says that even though the master of the banquet did not know where the wine came from, THEY knew. Do you think some of them believed in Jesus after this? I know I would. If I just filled six huge stone jars filled with water, and suddenly they were dispensing wine, I would need to know more about this Guy. Who is He and how did He do this? I love these little sidelines in the Bible, because they imply that some of these folks followed Jesus. 

“This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.”

This verse is encouraging to my heart because the disciples had already put their faith in Jesus. They already called Him the Messiah, Nathanael fell down and worshiped Jesus for knowing his thoughts, and John the Baptist called Jesus the Messiah. But even now, once again, this miracle reaffirms their faith. This is huge for me, because it means that even the disciples got weak, doubted, stumbled, faltered, and got it wrong. Jesus did this miracle just as much for His disciples as he did for the wedding guests. He is giving them crumbs to follow so that they will one day realize that He is not come to be an earthly King but to be a savior of their souls.

Is your faith weak? Are you doubting Jesus? Do you struggle to remember the joy and love in your Savior? Ask for His help. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you. He loves you, like a husband loves His wife. He wants to give good gifts to you. He wants to give you His best gifts. He will meet you where you are and woo you unto Himself. All you have to do is ask Him. 

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