John 2:1 – 5 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
“Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied, “My time has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Wow. Talk about an impressive debut. This event, when Jesus turned water into wine, marked the beginning of his public ministry. And I love the significance of this story. The idea that a wedding host would run out of wine wasn’t a life and death matter. Embarrassing? Yes. But surely, there were more important issues Jesus could have been tending to.
But this miracle shows us that Jesus cares about every aspect of our lives. He cares about whether or not we have enough to eat, that we have shelter, that we are safe. But He also cares about our feelings. He doesn’t want us to feel embarrassed or ashamed.
But to me, the most important part of this story doesn’t lie in what Jesus did. Rather, we need to pay attention to the servants. Mary told them, “Do whatever He tells you.” They did. And a miracle followed.
Friends, I doubt very seriously that I will be turning any water into wine, any time soon. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I will be performing any miracles. Ever.
But I know Someone who can – who will – perform miracles, great and small. It’s not my job to solve all the problems or impress people with my ability to do this or that. All I have to do is obey Him. He will take care of the rest.
If you read the rest of this story, you will see that Jesus told the servants to fill six huge jars with water. This wasn’t difficult work, but it did take a little time. The jars each held twenty to thirty gallons. I’m sure the servants had to make many trips to the well, in order to fill these jars. And I’m sure they were wondering, “Why does the guy want water? It’s wine we need!”
But they obeyed. Though they were probably confused, though they didn’t understand the purpose of what He asked of them, they obeyed.
Then, He told them to dip some of the water out of a jar and take it to the master of the banquet. And lo and behold! This was the best wine the man had ever tasted!
Friends, we are all in need of a miracle, every now and then. Daily, in many cases. Instead of worrying and fretting, wondering how in the world this problem or that problem will be solved, we need to do what the servants did. Obey Him. Do whatever He says.
And the miracles will follow.
Dear Jesus, Thank You for the miracles You have performed in my life. Help me to obey You in all things.
For a second cup, see: Joshua 19:28; John 4:46, 19:26, 3:25; Mark 7:3 – 4