“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 2:11
John chapter 2 introduces us to Jesus’ first miracle. While attending a wedding at Cana with his disciples, the bridegroom ran out of wine. Running out of wine was a rather embarrassing event for the bridegroom and Jesus’ mother approaches him to inform him that there is no more wine. Jesus responds to his mother in John 2:4, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My time has not yet come.” His mother then turns to the servants and informs them to do whatever Jesus tells them. Jesus then turns six stone water jars into wine, such good wine that the bridegroom master of the feast commends the bridegroom.
The purpose behind Jesus’ first miracle was not to simply provide wine for the bridegroom’s humiliating error of running dry. Instead, it was to manifest his glory. The verse above also indicates that his disciples who began following him merely days before the wedding, saw his miracle and believed in him. His disciples had much to learn, and in the years they followed Jesus they would see many miracles. Even so, we still see instances in Scripture of the disciples disbelief and questioning about Jesus’ divinity. His first miracle here in John chapter 2, not only helped them believe, but also verified that Jesus was indeed the Son of God, and not merely a man. They saw Jesus take ordinary water and transform it into wine, good wine that would help the wedding festivities continue on. As the disciples bear witness to Jesus taking something ordinary and transforming it into something extraordinary, they grew in their belief and faith in Jesus’ true identity.
Our Lord is able to take commonplace, ordinary, normal events of life and transform them with his touch into significant, beautiful, rich in taste things that are as good as the wine he made for the wedding feast. He will do this for us too if we faithfully walk with him, and if we believe him just as the disciples believed in him.
As we study your scripture we can’t help but be in awe of the miracles that Jesus’ performs. Just as Jesus took ordinary water and turned it into the best wine, Lord, do the same with our lives. Most of all God, let our study of your word, your miraculous signs, and our growing relationship with you continue to strengthen our faith and belief in you.
In Jesus’ Name,