Then the man in charge of the wedding feast tasted it, but the water had become wine. The man did not know where the wine came from. But the servants that brought the water knew where it came from. The master of the wedding called the bridegroom. He said to the bridegroom, "People always serve the best wine first. Later, after the guests have become drunk, people serve the cheaper wine. But you have saved the best wine until now." This was the first miracle that Jesus did. Jesus did this miracle in the town of Cana in Galilee. So Jesus showed his greatness. And his followers believed in him.
— John 2:9-11
It wasn't the right time. It wasn't the right place. It was, however, the right Lord! So when Jesus asked, and people obeyed, the disciples got to see a little of Jesus' awesome glory and their faith was stoked! The little ember of their faith in Jesus was set ablaze. Let's not forget that is what John's story of Jesus is all about; John wants to stoke the flame of our faith until it gives us genuine and eternal life. Being a disciple of Jesus is all about daily accompanying Jesus through the ordinary ups and downs of life, doing what Jesus asks us to do, and looking for his glory to be revealed to us. We change, our lives are enriched, and our faith is set ablaze when we obediently journey with Jesus each day.
Holy and righteous God, my loving Abba Father, give me today the bread I need for food and the grace I need to share with those around me. As I live my everyday life, please help me see Jesus' glory at work in ways I never have before. Father God, I don't ask this for my entertainment or for my selfish interest, but so that my faith may grow stronger and my Christian witness more powerful, to your glory. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Today's Verses in Context
Two days later there was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there. Jesus and his followers were also invited to the wedding. At the wedding there was not enough wine. After the wine was all gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine." Jesus answered, "Dear woman, you should not tell me what to do. It is not yet time for me to begin my work." Jesus' mother said to the servants, "Do what Jesus tells you to do." In that place there were six large waterpots made of stone. The Jews used waterpots like these in their washing ceremonies. Each waterpot held about 20 or 30 gallons. Jesus said to the servants, "Fill those waterpots with water." So the servants filled the pots to the top. Then Jesus said to the servants, "Now take out some water. Carry the water to the master of the feast." So the servants brought the water to the master. Then the man in charge of the wedding feast tasted it, but the water had become wine. The man did not know where the wine came from. But the servants that brought the water knew where it came from. The master of the wedding called the bridegroom. He said to the bridegroom, "People always serve the best wine first. Later, after the guests have become drunk, people serve the cheaper wine. But you have saved the best wine until now." This was the first miracle that Jesus did. Jesus did this miracle in the town of Cana in Galilee. So Jesus showed his greatness. And his followers believed in him. Then Jesus went to the town of Capernaum. Jesus' mother and brothers and his followers went with him. They all stayed in Capernaum a few days.
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Jesus did many other miracles that his followers saw. Those miracles are not written in this book. But these things are written so that you can believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Then, by believing, you can have life through his name.
The people saw that Jesus and his followers were not there now. So the people got into the boats and went to Capernaum. They wanted to find Jesus. The people found Jesus on the other side of the lake. They asked Jesus, "Teacher, when did you come here?" Jesus answered, "Why are you looking for me? Are you looking for me because you saw me do miracles that prove my power? No! I tell you the truth. You are looking for me because you ate the bread and you were satisfied (full). Earthly food spoils and ruins. So don't work to get that kind of food. But work to get the food that stays good always and gives you life forever. The Son of Man will give you that food. God the Father showed that he is with the Son of Man." The people asked Jesus, "What are the things God wants us to do?" Jesus answered, "The work God wants you to do is this: to believe in the One that God sent."
Jesus said to Nathanael, "I told you that I saw you under the fig tree. That is why you believe in me. But you will see much greater things than that!" Jesus also said, "I tell you the truth. You will all see heaven open. You will see 'angels of God going up and coming down' on the Son of Man. "