Thursday, March 17, 2011

John 2: 1-11

1 "On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

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

6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b]

7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

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

They did so, 9 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 10 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.” 11 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."

This is the first miracle that Jesus performs. It is significant that it is at the request of his mother and for something that could be considered a minor issue. The changing of water into wine is not a miracle that saves a life (like the resurrection of Lazarus or the little girl) or changes a life (like the restoration of sight, hearing, or speaking) but it is a miracle that signifies how involved God is in our daily lives and how much he cares for us. To run out of wine at a banquet would have been significantly embarrassing for the host but not life-threatening. God however, cares even about our embarrassment. He cares about the details. He cares about us so deeply that when his earthly mother asks him to save a family from embarrassment, Jesus does so.

Do you know that God loves you and cares about the smallest detail of your day?

Jesus – be with us all through the day. Help us to give you the smallest burdens of our lives as well as the biggest. Help us to know that we can come to you for anything and that you will always want to listen and be with us. Amen.


Anonymous March 17, 2011 at 9:25 AM  

I just wonder if this scripture is also speaking of what Jesus was going to do, when "His hour came." The unlimited flow of wine, that came from him, could also represent the blood he shed for the forgiveness he would one day grant to each of us who believe in him.