The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana, Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, ‘They have no more wine.'”
– John 2:1-3 (NLT)Advertisement - Story continues below...
Tragedy Is Lurking
The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry…People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.”
– Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 (NLT)
Not having enough wine at such a festive occasion was more than a mere inconvenience: it was a tragedy! To invite guests and not have enough means that this family would be forever disgraced among its neighbors in a small town.
Wine is a symbol of God’s blessing. Here the Bible shows us that we can’t experience life in its abundance if our spiritual lives are empty. Sure, we try to fill our empty jars with just about anything, trusting that we’ve got life figured out. In the end, it’s tasteless, bland, water. You can’t have a wedding without wine and you can’t experience life, the way God intended it, without Jesus. It’s merely impossible.
Jesus Supernaturally Saves the Day!
Jesus told the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ When the jars had been filled, he said, ‘Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.’ …When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. ‘A host always serves the best wine first,’ he said. ‘Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!'”
– John 2: 7-10 (NLT)
Jesus gives us a picture of the abundance of His inexhaustible grace. The miracle is that God takes ordinary people, ordinary things, ordinary events and changes them into new wine, and gives them to us as gifts of love and grace. Gifts that strengthen, encourage and heal.
Like the servants who knew that Jesus was the source for the water turning into wine, we as Christians are tasked with sharing the Good News as well. It would be a good thing, then, to know and live in the presence of Christ, for out of that, we can confidently share what He has done in us and for us.
Jesus Reveals Who He Really Is
This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.”
– John 2:11 (NLT)
Jesus reveals himself as the great Bridegroom and the Messianic age that the prophets of the Old Testament had spoken of was now here. The disciples now knew that the Messiah had come and it was Jesus.
The men of old gave the good and then the poor (wine); He, after the good wine, gives better. Sour unripened wine, the poor quality which was drunk at the beginning, symbolizes the wine of the old law, the wine that has turned sour and can no longer be drunk. Christ’s wine, finer and stronger, which cheers the heart and warms the blood, is the new wine of the Kingdom, wine intended for the marriage of heaven and earth, wine which gives that divine intoxication which will be called later, ‘the foolishness of God.'”
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Micheal Maynard has been an Organizational Pioneer for more than 25 years and the Lead Pastor of Ordinary Faith for the last eight years. His deep belief that FAITH is for everyday life fuels a passion for empowering people to truly LIVE their lives and not just survive until they die.
Micheal has been “extremely” married for 28 years to his wife. He has been blessed with eight boys. His wife is obviously a superhero. His youngest son has Trisomy 21, which brings a perspective on life that only an extra chromosome can provide.