|John 2:1-11||Read Online|
Jesus performed this first sign in Cana of Galilee. He displayed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.
Weddings are usually happy occasions, or at least they’re supposed to be. Whenever I watch a bloopers show that features wedding oopsies, I wince for the bride and groom. Their big day, a big snafu—and caught on tape for the world to see. Ouch.
Well, at this wedding long ago in Cana, Jesus came to the rescue. A blooper was avoided (running out of wine), but deeper lessons of lasting significance were long remembered and commemorated. For here we are, 2,000 years later still talking about it!
Not only were Jesus and His disciples invited to the wedding, they also attended. Jesus had relationships and friendships. He spent time with people. People mattered to him. He shared in people’s significant life moments. I find that encouraging and comforting.
When Mary approached Jesus with this issue, I wonder what was going through her mind. Did she know that His time had come? She’d been living with Him for 30 years. Did she know something was about to happen after all the years of waiting and watching?
Note here that she didn’t tell Jesus what to do, nor did she tell the servants what He might do. Maybe the Spirit had prompted and given her some special insight. (This is one story I plan on finding out more about when I get to heaven.)
It also appears that the servants, the disciples, and possibly Mary were the only ones at the wedding who knew about this miracle. The sign was quasi-public. But this tells us that Jesus didn’t perform this sign to impress the guests, or even the bride and groom.
At times, God’s blessings are fully out in the open for the world to see. At other times, they’re under the radar (so to speak). Who knows the countless blessings and deliverances of which we’re completely unaware? Thank God for what He’s done for you—the many things you do know about and the many more you don’t.
Verse 11 gives us the “why” of this story. A sign points to something. A sign signifies something significant. So, the point of this sign wasn’t to provide refreshment, but for His glory to be displayed.
The servants in this story weren’t just servants. These lowly ones became witnesses to something miraculous. What an honor to experience this! The disciples, too, were blessed. They’d been drawn to Him. They finally got a glimpse of who this Person was and what their lives with Him would be like.
And you? If you know Him as Lord and Savior, you’ve beheld His glory. You’re His disciple. Do you believe in Him fully? The One who turned water into wine also transforms us into His likeness. What a celebration is life and union with Christ! He’s the Bridegroom and we, His Church, are the blessed Bride.
- What’s so significant about this particular sign?
- Why do you think Jesus performed this first sign in quasi-secret? Why didn’t He let everyone see what He’d done?
- What are some signs that God has provided to help you behold His glory? Do you see them? Or do the cares and busyness of the world blind you to these wonderful gifts?