YOUR MESSAGE THIS WEEK
TRUTHS ABOUT THE MIRACLE AT CANA
“This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” John 2:11
In Jesus’ day, wedding feasts lasted many days and the bridegroom had to ensure a steady supply of food and drink for all of the guests for as long as the party lasted. This made the event very expensive. For a wedding to run out of wine would be considered disastrous! It would bring the bridegroom so much shame and the incidence would be remembered for a long time to come. In our text today taken from Jn. 2:1-11, Jesus was invited to a wedding in Cana and they run out of wine! Jesus did not let his host suffer embarrassment and in the process, he performed His first miracle.
A miracle is defined as an event that cannot be solely explained by natural processes but requires direct, intentional bringing about of an effect by a supernatural being, in this instance, God. God’s miracles are not without purpose. They are meant to reveal HIS purposes, character and glory! (Jn. 2:11) This miracle provides us with a number of pointers we can learn from and apply to our lives.
How Jesus got invited to the wedding is not directly stated. It might have been a direct invitation or it may have been because his mother was a friend of the family. In the end, Jesus was there along with his disciples (Jn.2:1-2). For the miraculous to happen, we need God’s presence and He responds to INVITATION! If Jesus had not been invited to that wedding, the miracle would not have taken place! We need to invite Jesus into every area of our lives for guidance and blessing (Prov.3:5-6). We need to remember, it is not only about the miracle but the God of the miracle!
When Jesus’ mother found out that they had run out of wine, she went to her son, Jesus, and asked him if he would do something about it (Jn. 2:3-4). We must also take all our burdens to the Lord (Ps. 55:22; 1Pet. 5:7). Instead of first rushing to our friends and relatives with our needs, the Lord should be first. Nothing is too small for Him!
Obedience to instructions can bring about the miraculous in our lives. At the wedding in Cana, Mary, the mother of Jesus told the servants “to do whatever Jesus commanded them to do” (Jn. 2:5). This shows Mary’s faith in what Jesus was able to accomplish! Also, it was obedience to the instructions of Jesus that led to the manifestation of the miracle! (Jn. 2:7-8) We must be careful to obey the instructions that the Lord gives to us and live accordingly (Prov.1:8; 4:13; 6:23; 9:9; 13:18)
The Lord uses instruments to perform His miracles. At the wedding in Cana, the Lord used the water that was available to perform the miracle (Jn. 2:6). The Lord can use whatever we have to reveal His glory and power. He uses what is ordinary to make something extraordinary. He requires our availability to show forth His glory.
Jesus intervened by turning the water into wine “and His disciples believed on Him” (Jn.1:11). The miracle that Jesus performed inspired the disciples and caused them to develop a stronger faith in Him. Miracles have a way of inspiring us to have a greater and deeper faith in God. Miracles stir Faith!
Though the miracle takes place at a wedding, this story is not really about the wedding, it is about one special guest, Jesus. Interestingly, even today, people continue to miss it altogether. Jesus is the fullness of God in our midst, with the ability to turn our situations around with amazing miracles but we do not realize that. At times, like the master of the feast, we “only comment on the quality of the wine” and forget “the miracle worker”. What happened in Cana can happen anywhere, at any time. If we have our eyes open, we can see miracles happening in our lives on a daily basis. Cana was only the beginning. Jesus is still in the business of miracles as He reveals God to us.