On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”John 2:1-11 NKJV
Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom.And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.
The miracle of water turning to wine.
Definitely one of the most famous miracles by Jesus. I was reading it the other day and a new revelation jumped out at me, making me see it in another light. So much so, that I see evidence of this miracle in many areas of my life, perhaps more than any of the other miracles Jesus performed (but I’m still expecting to see those other miracles!)
Now, I’m not saying I have seen water turn to wine (yet!), but I have seen the essence of this miracle at work. Or better put, I have seen the Jesus in this miracle at work in my life.
This isn’t a “grand” miracle, so to speak. What I mean by that is that it is not a miracle of healing, nor of calming a storm, nor of calling fire down. It is, essentially, a miracle to allow for the wedding party to go on.
As the Bible passage recounts, there was a wedding in Cana and they ran out of wine.
This would have been incredibly embarrassing to the groom and the bride. I imagine it would imply many things, including that the groom is not a good provider since he can’t even provide enough wine for the wedding. It would also be terribly embarrassing for the groom’s and bride’s families, because there isn’t enough wine at their children’s wedding! This would then be known as the wedding that ran out of wine.
Or Mary, actually.
Mary, Jesus and His disciples were attending the wedding and were there when the wine ran out. Jesus was not going to do anything about the situation if it were not for the insistence of His mother, Mary. She was the one who came to Him and said He should do something about this. To this, however, Jesus initially responded with, “[Dear] woman, what is that you and to Me?” (John 2:4a AMP).
What does a wedding running out of wine have to do with Jesus? It’s not His wedding, and besides, He’s a guest there to enjoy it.
But Mary, like any good mother, would not take no for an answer and instructed the servants at the wedding to do whatever Jesus told them to.
(Isn’t it interesting that Mary knew to go to Jesus for a solution to this predicament? It makes you wonder what else He had been doing before this so that Mary knew He would be able to resolve this…)
Jesus then instructs the servants to fill the ceremonial washing pots with water and to draw some out to take to the master of the feast.
The master of the feast tastes the wine, calls the groom and commends him on the wine saying, “Everyone else serves his best wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then he serves that which is not so good; but you have kept back the good wine until now” (John 2:10 AMP).
I wonder what went through the groom’s mind when the headwaiter said this. The poor man must have been so bewildered! And I’m imagining Jesus sitting off to the side, smiling knowingly at what has just happened.
Crises averted. Quietly. Without commotion. Miraculously.
Here’s why this miracle’s so good.
In this situation there wasn’t a man needing to be healed, nor was there a raging storm, nor were there thousands of hungry people; there just wasn’t enough wine!
And Jesus still moved!
Jesus still intervened to make sure the groom wouldn’t face great embarrassment and so that the wedding party can continue.
This shows that nothing is too trivial for Jesus to get involved in.
Jesus will step in and get involved in those details we often write-off and think too insignificant for Him to move. He will catch the ball we’ve dropped, no matter what that ball is. He will step into those day-to-day things we too quickly dismiss His involvement in. (Ever prayed for a parking spot and got it? Coincidence? Maybe not…)
Yes, what does running out of wine at a wedding really matter in the grand scheme of things? What is that to you and to me?
The passage doesn’t say that this led to salvation or a major healing or something similar, but it does say that it was Jesus’ glory manifested and His disciples believed Him (John 2:11). What’s not to say that Jesus intervening in the seemingly trivial things in our life can’t have the same effect?
So, whatever we face, whether major or minor in our eyes, Jesus is there to get involved.
I’d like to end with a very fitting passage from 1 Peter 5:6-7:
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV
Let’s keep our eyes open to the many miracles Jesus does, large and small, in our everyday lives.