Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. 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.” So the servants followed his instructions. 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 2:1-11 (NLT)
This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him. John 1 introduces you to Jesus: Creator not created, here, there, everywhere before time or things existed, one with the Father.
During this wedding, Jesus performs His first recorded miracle. The party was in full swing and the host ran out of wine. Jesus’ mom comes to Him to explain this predicament. This account reveals some important things about Jesus.
Jesus was a nice guy
Please don’t think that heading is flippant. I am breathless as I read John’s description of Jesus in chapter 1. I like how The Message paraphrases John 1:14
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish… (MSG)
Jesus left His transcendent glory, became flesh and blood and took up residence here on earth. That flesh and blood, full-of-glory Jesus was the kind of guy you’d invite to your wedding. Jesus was a nice guy. Children liked Him. The sick, lame and outcast sought Him out. People flocked to Him in droves. He was not aloof. He didn’t stand far off with a wrinkled lip, staring in disapproval. He accepts the invitation to come, always.
Jesus is a go-to, accessible kind of guy
You know the type. There are people who can get things done. Others fuss, fret, plan and stew but never achieve an outcome. A Go-to person is the one who can spring into action and produce results. Jesus is the ultimate go-to person when there is a problem. His mom knew it. When the wine was gone, the friend was about to be socially embarrassed and the party was about to end, Mary knew who to talk to. I’m sure the servants scampered about as the wine began to run low. In their efforts, they were no closer to a solution.
Jesus cares about the things that concern you. He’s a friend. That’s what friends do. When your best plan doesn’t work out, when all your planning and preparation isn’t enough, Jesus can help. Go to Him. Tell Him your problems. Seek Him out of the crowd of potential problem solvers and tell Him what you need.
Jesus is extraordinary
Mary gave the servants the best advice; Do whatever He tells you to do. I’m sure the servants were confused, maybe annoyed, when Jesus told them to fill the pots with water. What a waste of time! This was a crisis! The guests didn’t want water, they were asking for more wine! The servants followed the instruction. When they presented the water-wine to the host he was shocked. A skilled host serves the best wine at the beginning; because by the time guests are tipsy on the “good stuff,” they don’t notice the diminished quality of the “cheap stuff.” Even tipsy, the host could tell, this late wine was better than the first wine served.
Jesus has a way of turning the plain into the extraordinary. Jesus can turn something as common as water into full-bodied, delicious wine. He can do the same thing with a common, lack-luster, going-through-the-motions life. Later, Jesus will tell those following Him that He came to offer abundant life to everyone.
You only need to do whatever He tells you to do.
Father, I’m so grateful that although You are incomprehensible, You sent Your Son in a way I can relate to and understand. Thank You for showing Yourself to me. Help me keep my eyes on Jesus, follow His example and do what He tells me to do.