June 3rd

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It's a familiar story--water turned into wine. Every time I read this passage (John 2:1-12) I think, Why was this Jesus' first miracle? And why this specific act? Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding just hits me as being a little odd. No one was healed. No crowds were fed. No one was raised from the dead. It was just a beverage for a wedding celebration. Hmmm. So what thoughts or ideas might you have about the why, when, how or where of this miracle (because I'd love to ponder them)?

More importantly, though, what can we draw from this passage, and the miracle laid out within it, that we can use in our lives today? Tami W.

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I think that Jesus performed this miracle out of obedience, love and respect for his mother. She did not take no for an answer when Jesus responded with "what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come" but instead instructed the servants to do what Jesus said, fully expecting him to obey her request. Jesus honored his mother, obeying one of the commandments of God.

In verse 3-5 it struckt me, where Mary completely Trusted Jesus to do a Miracle, even though, Jesus told Her, that He wasn't ready yet. As for me, it schows us that We too can ask Jesus for something very big. If that's His Will, it will happening.
I have to admit, that too many times I fail in Trusting God completely.
I have to say, I'm sorry Jesus, Please Help me to allways Trusting YOU completely.
This would be my Prayer for all of YOU.

One of the things I draw from this passage is that Jesus proved that He could overturn the laws of nature...usually it takes TIME to produce wine, and you need FRUIT JUICE as a base! Yet He somehow made wine from WATER instantly! John 1 tells us that Jesus is the Creator, and this miracle shows His power to even alter His creation if He pleases.

Since I consider myself a "little" person in terms of fame & fortune, I always appreciate examples of God's interaction with humble people. Here we see that Mary, Jesus and the servants seem to be the only people who knew where this delicious wine came from! Jesus didn't make a big fanfare, but quietly gave orders to the servants. The ruler of the feast "did not know where the wine came from", BUT "the servants who had drawn the water knew!" Anyone who had filled 6 jugs with 27 gallons of water EACH would remember! And there is no indication that anyone else was ever told where the wine came from...Jesus revealed Himself as Creator and Ruler of Nature to servants! Doesn't it make you just LOVE Him?!!

When most think of Jesus they think of mighty miracles, and works. They think of how he raised the dead, healed the sick and lame. How he cast out demons. But this story about the wedding shows us a different side to his majesty. This shows us a real, personal, loving and attentive side to our Lord.

How many times a day do we need to be raised from the dead physically? Or how many times a day do we need to be cured of some physical malady? Of course we have spiritual needs like those every minute of every day but let's keep it only in the physical.

On the other hand... how many times a day do we send up those little bullet prayers? Prayers like "Lord, help me not to be impatient" or "Please let there be enough in my account to cover not only my bills but my regular giving too" or a whole list of other "needs" and "wants".

This story shows us that we have a personal relationship with the creator of the universe and that he cares about us and for us... and oh yes... even the small things. It is this small thing that made the disciples believe. It is these small things that several times daily give us the strength to persevere in the faith. These "small" things that add up to one "big" thing.

...Our great salvation.

1 Peter 1:3-5
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

Maybe it's because his mother made the request or maybe he just started with the not so obvious to show that he can do ALL things, large and small and at that moment in time their need or want was more wine. He can provide everything for us if we just allow ourselves to lay aside our pride and ask even for the smallest of things. He wants to be in every moment of our lives, there to provide for every need and desire we have-if we are just obedient and live our lives in his will.

First of all I think that it is important to note that turning water to wine is no small task (especially in that quantity)...take this from someone who has attempted to make homemade wine! Haha! However in comparison to His later works, I would say that this first miracle was indeed one of his "smaller" ones. He was very discreet about it, which was evidenced by the fact that only the servants and His mother were aware of what had happened. Even the MC and bridegroom knew nothing of the wine's origin. There is nothing in the passage that suggests that Jesus' work was ever made into a public spectacle that day, so it was apparently on the down-low. Although I will not try to think I understand what God's motives were for this, I would like to at least share an idea. We have to remember that Jesus was relatively new on the scene. No one really knew anything about Him, considering he didn't even start His ministry until his 30's. He had a few followers that, although they were devoted to Him, probably were still probably trying to put their finger on what made Jesus so special. The act of doing something so "simple" like turning water to wine just gave them a small glimpse of God's glory. My guess is that He wanted to show Himself on a smaller scale and didn't want to blow them out of the water right off the bat...you know, by bringing someone back to life, or something to that effect. That might have been a touch much for The Twelve! So I look at this instance and my thoughts on it, and it makes me look at my present day situation. I would love to be able to tell everyone about Jesus and do it with great enthusiasm. However, I know that I must start slowly and work into it so as to not frighten people away with something that might be completely new to them. In a way that is what Jesus did: He started small and eventually worked from there to bigger things when people came to know Him more. So in a way, this gives me a strong motivation to be assertive yet patient when trying to spread the gospel among those who don't know Jesus. No perhaps my insight is completely off and my thoughts crazy, but I just wanted to lay them out there. What does everyone else think?

As was said Jesus was obeying his mother, as it seems, just like He always did. It also shows me that we aren't to just give good at the beginning but all the time. We give our best always when we have it.

Water into wine. I think this shows how God can take normal everyday things and bring fruitfulness out of them. I also think it reflects symbolism in how a repentant sinner can become a new creation.

I just wanted to say that I appreciated all of your comments.
It gives me so much hope to remember that God cares about the day to day things that we need as well as the big miracles.

Thanks everyone for sharing your insight. Really encouraging!

This is one of my favorite Bible events and it's rife with wonderful messages. These few verses have so much to say. This miracle, witnessed only by a few, was such a perfect way to begin as it also pointed to his purpose on earth.

Note the importance of the location... a wedding. The Bible is filled with the message that we are God's bride. It's a recurring theme so God obviously wants us to get that message. What better place to start his ministry of miracles than at a wedding! It's becomes even more poignant in verses 9 and 10 when it says "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.” The master thanks the bridegroom for saving the best for last. Likewise, if Jesus is our bridegroom, he truly saves the best for last.

I was also noticing that this event takes place "on the third day". Numbers have a lot of significance in the Bible and much like Easter, this miracle happened on the third day. At the beginning of his ministry Jesus saved the day with wine. At the end of his ministry Jesus saves us all with his blood, and wine becomes the symbol for his sacrifice for us.

Well! Glory to God!
Me reading the previous comments to say the least is pleasing to my soul, they feed my Spirit, and gets my flesh excited.
Trust in him each and every day. His word is him more powerful than a two edged sword. Turning water into wine, moving mountains, calming the storms. He created the universe, and he created you and me. Ask and ye shall have, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open. Expect a miracle, for he is the miracle maker.
May each of us go the distance for him. Each day do our best,living for Jesus, and allow him to live through us. For he is awesome and greatly to be praised. Hallelujah!

I would like to add a different twist to the miracle of turning water into wine. First, yes it was altering nature, and it was first. But let's look at something very interesting, take the servants, we are not told if they knew JESUS personally or not, nor are we told anything about them. These servants took JESUS at HIS word, first, to fill up the water pots, then to take a cup of water, note it doesn't mention wine until the host tasted it, to the host and probably their master, who would be devastated if they ran out of wine. Trusting JESUS and doing exactly as HE says, even though it makes no sense to us. It was a dishonor to the guests for the host to run out of food or wine at one of these feasts. Follow whatever JESUS says, or obey GOD and leave all the consequences to HIM.

To follow on from above, not only did the servants follow Jesus' instructions to fill the jars, they did it wholeheartedly - filling them "to the brim". That has challenged me to try to always do my best out of obedience even when I don't feel like it.

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