Scripture: John 2:1-11
Key verse: (11) Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Reflection: This is the inaugural scene in Jesus’ ministry in the gospel of John. It’s an unusual miracle because no one is healed, no demons are exorcised, no hungry person is fed. Water becomes wine at a wedding celebration.
The wedding reception ran out of wine. For the bride and groom, this would have been a disgrace. It might have been seen as bad luck for their future. Run out of wine at your wedding and it might mean your marriage will always be lacking – lacking in love, lacking in peace, lacking in children. With his mother’s prompting, Jesus has the servants fill six purification jars with water. Each jar would hold between 20 and 30 gallons. Somehow that water, almost 180 gallons of it, becomes wine!
John tells us that this is the first “sign” and reveals Jesus’ glory. Signs are clues that point to the identity of Jesus as both human and divine. Signs are places where heaven and earth intersect in the gospel story.
In the Old Testament, an abundance of wine was one of the many images for the joy of God’s new age (Amos 9:13-14, Joel 3:18, Jeremiah 31:12, Isaiah 25:6-10). This kind of abundance was lavish beyond all imagining. This is a story of transformation, giving us a clue that Jesus can transform ordinary things into extraordinary things. Jesus is the lavish extravagant gift from God to humanity. In him, the fullness of grace and truth overflow for the world (John 1:14) and he will transform our lives with abundant grace. How is God pouring out love on you that will overflow with abundance to touch all those around you?
Prayer: Great God, your grace is always an unexpected miracle. Fill us with the wine of new life, promised in the transforming power of Jesus Christ, who that we might share good news with the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[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].