December 9th, 2006
Jesus turned the water into wine in today’s reading. The people running the wedding banquet thought they were in trouble when they had nothing left worthy of giving to the guests to drink. But Jesus took what they had, plain old water though it was, and turned it into the finest type of wine. If Jesus was omnipotent enough to create the universe, then turning something ordinary into something extraordinary is not too difficult for him. If you have something ordinary, but are prepared to surrender it to Jesus and let him use it, then you just might get to see it turn from water to wine before your very eyes.
John’s Account of the Good News — Chapter 2
2:1 On the third day, there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’s mother was there. 2:2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 2:3 When the wine ran out, Jesus’s mother said to him, “They have no wine.” 2:4 Jesus said to her, “What has that got to do with us? My time has not yet come.”
2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 2:6 Six stone water pots were standing there to enable the ceremonial Jewish washing, each with a capacity of 75 to 100 litres. 2:7 Jesus instructed them, “Fill the water pots with water.” They filled them to the brim. 2:8 He said, “Now extract some, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So they took it. 2:9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water which had now become wine, but did not know where it came from, although the servants who had extracted the water knew, the master of ceremonies called the bridegroom 2:10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the lower quality stuff when the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now!” 2:11 This event in Cana of Galilee was the first of the miraculous signs done by Jesus. It revealed his glory and his disciples believed in him.
2:12 After this, he went to Capernaum with his mother, brothers and disciples, and they stayed there a few days. 2:13 The Jewish Passover was approaching, and Jesus went to Jerusalem. 2:14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and some moneychangers were sitting there. 2:15 He made a whip from cords, and chased them all out of the temple, both sheep and cattle. He scattered the moneychangers’ money, and overturned their tables. 2:16 He ordered the people selling doves, “Take these things out of here! Don’t make my Father’s house a marketplace!” 2:17 His disciples remembered the prediction, “Passion for your house will consume me.”
2:18 The Jews asked him, “What miraculous sign can you show us, to prove your right to do these things?” 2:19 Jesus answered, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will rebuild it.” 2:20 The Jews said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple! Will you rebuild it in three days?” 2:21 But he was talking about the temple of his body. 2:22 Later when he came back from the dead, his disciples remembered that he said this, and they believed the Scripture, and the words which Jesus had spoken.
2:23 While he was in Jerusalem at the Passover during the feast, many people believed in his name, seeing the miraculous signs which he did. 2:24 But Jesus did not trust himself to them, because he knew everyone. 2:25 He did not need anyone to give evidence concerning human nature, because he knew what was inside people.