Water into Wine

During this Epiphany season we are discovering “Who is Jesus?” The Gospel of John is helping us uncover who Jesus is—not only to the world, but also to us.

This week we will hear about Jesus’ miracle found in John 2:1-11. I find it interesting that Jesus’ first miracle isn’t healing or preaching, but is turning water into wine. As a wine lover, this is my kind of miracle!

The wine runs out at a wedding which is a huge social crisis since weddings lasted multiple days. Jesus instructs the workers to take jugs, fill them with water, and then bring them to the steward to serve. The situation goes from disaster to delight because the wine is better than what was served earlier. And those jugs hold up to 180 gallons, an almost endless supply.

What do we discover about Jesus from this story? I notice that Jesus’ first act is one of abundance, hospitality and relationship. Those themes seem to be at the core of Jesus’ identity and echo throughout Jesus’ life. We could also say that Jesus brings joy. Some have suggested since the best wine was last, the best is yet to come–with a hint of eternal life.

John 2:11 says, “Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.”Some things to think about. Talk with friends or family.

• Have you seen signs (or miracles) of Jesus in your life?
• Do you think there are still miracles today?
• If you were to ask Jesus for a miracle, what would it be? How might Jesus invite you to be a part of the solution?

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