Scripture: John 2:1-12
Key verse: (1) “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee…”
Reflection: I love this story from John’s gospel about Jesus turning water into wine. I love it for many reasons. I love the exchange between Jesus and his mother. In the first place, it’s so human. Even Jesus got embarrassed when his Mom told him what to do in public. And even Jesus eventually did what his mother told him to do!
In the second place, I love this story because it shows Jesus enjoyed wine—not just any wine, but fine wine. This is not Boone’s Farm or White Lightning or Franzia in a box, or even Sutter Home White Zinfandel, which was pretty fancy for me and Jennifer when we graduated from college. This was fine wine; the kind you see on the top shelf at the store—the shelf I never bother to explore. We know this because the chief steward says to the bridegroom, “Everyone serves the good wine first, then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” I love that Jesus made fine wine at Cana.
Most importantly, I love this story because it’s a resurrection story, an Easter story. We know this because it all unfolds “on the third day.” Three days after what? Whenever the gospel writers invoke “the third day” they expect us to think Easter. What unfolds on the third day is transformation, water changed to wine, new life for the party to go on. This is first of Jesus’ signs and it points to the final sign of John’s gospel, the resurrection.
Where in your life has the wine run out? Where in our world do we need transformation? Can we trust God has the power to bring new life on the other side of every cross we face in our lives, in our relationships, in our world? Can we believe Christ has the power to bring forth the best wine in our lives now? Can we join the first disciples and believe in Him?
Prayer: Wherever the wine has run out in my life, in my relationships, in our world, come Lord Jesus. May your resurrection power bring forth fine wine in my life that your glory may be revealed. Amen.
Author: Joe Clifford
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].