Daily Dose, Feb. 19

“On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.” (John 2:1-11)
Jesus’ first miracle happened at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. You could say that Jesus turned water into wine at the prompting of his mother, Mary. She was an invited guest and apparently did not want the celebration to fall short of exceeding great joy. Jesus’ reply to her request was brief and curt, but he did comply. The moment always reminds me of how God is able to provide in abundance and gives us the finest available. The steward recognized that this was not a cheap box wine bought at the local gas station. This wine was Napa Valley good and is an indication of the quality and quantity of LIFE available in Jesus Christ. There is a strange, misguided tendency to think that Christ cannot quite give us the abundance and quality of life we think the world is able to supply. Really? Christ is the Lord of Life and said that he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He came to give us Life in abundance. Trusting that God is able to supply far more than we ask or think is a primary grade step toward Christian living. The transforming power of Christ is easily seen in this moment. Water becomes wine. Sinners become saints. The greedy become generous. The doubting Thomas becomes a believer. The scared to death Simon Peter becomes the courageous preacher. Christ’s touch changes people which includes me and you. My good friend, Gidget Smith loved this miracle best of all. She used to tell me, “Jesus turned water into wine, but he can’t turn your whining into anything”. --Dr. Don