HOST: Michael Whitworth
On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
An unusual situation, an unusual request, an unusual miracle. Why did Jesus choose this moment and this miracle to begin to demonstrate His power? Maybe we don’t know for sure, but as you read through the life of Christ, keep this in mind: Jesus never did anything—a miracle, a teaching, an interaction with someone— without having a purpose. In this case, notice the result of the miracle: “and His disciples believed in Him.” The effect of this act of power by Jesus at the very beginning of His ministry was that those who were already following Him were furthered convinced of His identity, and their faith was strengthened. And hopefully, as we read of His life and witness His power, compassion, and holiness, our faith is strengthened as well.
Why do you think that miracles were such an important part of Jesus’ ministry?
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