November 7 – Miracles of Jesus – Water into Wine

Read John 2:1-11

I don’t know about anyone else, but I may have a slight addiction to sweet tea. Now, when I say sweet tea, I don’t mean the kind of tea that is “fruity sweet”. I’m talking all of the sugar type “sweet tea”. When people serve sweet tea, while grateful for it, I’m immediately skeptical of exactly which type of tea I’m about to drink.

I have a glass of sweet tea (or two…) just about every night for dinner and, I know many of you are saying, “Golly! You need to drink some water”. I know this. Water’s just boring but I’m working on it. Anyway, there are times where I open the fridge to grab some Milo’s only to see that I finished the last of it the night before. There have been some trips to Dollar General as dinner is being served because I just have to have my sweet tea.

Again, I know it’s a problem…I’m working on it.

I imagine the same emotions were present when the wedding coordinator in John 2 discovered that they were going to run out of wine. Imagine the panic that was immediately present and the cold sweats that came when they thought of the shame that this would bring, not only to them, but the married couple as well.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, must have overheard the panic because verse 3 tells us that she told Jesus simply that there was no more wine.

Why did she tell Jesus? In what way did this concern Jesus?

I’m guessing it was because she knew that He could do something about it.

The conversation between Jesus and Mary in verses 4 and 5 is borderline hilarious. Jesus asks why this concerns Him and that His time to publicly reveal Himself as the Messiah hadn’t yet come. However, Mary just tells the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them to do. According to the text, Jesus never agreed to do this. His mom just signed Him up for something.

Has this ever happened to you? I know there were times where my mom would say, “Don’t worry, Jake would love to help!” The look of “Seriously, Mom?” that I would give, I wonder, if it’s the same one Jesus gave Mary.

Regardless, Jesus turns stone jars full of water into wine, thus, His first miracle that is recorded in the gospels.

What does this miracle tell us? What can we take away from it?

According to the text, it was through this miracle that His disciples believed in Him.

What is it going to take for you to believe Jesus is who He says He is? Do you view Jesus as the churchy bearded guy on coloring pages or do you truly believe that He is the Son of God who came to take away the sins of the world?

Take a moment to thank God for being who He claims He is. What is going to be the tipping point for you to FULLY place your trust in Him? What’s going to convince you to surrender your life to Him?

Allow this story to act as a catalyst for you.

Jake Lawson

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