Day 3: John 2
John lived to be an old man and with maturity and hindsight was able to better understand some of Jesus’ words and actions, which may not have made sense to the fresh-faced young disciples of the early days. An example of this is v19, where Jesus talks of re-building the temple in 3 days. John later understands that Jesus was referring to his own earthly body as the temple. It was destroyed, physically, at the cross but “re-built” after 3 days at his resurrection.
There are two events contained within chapter 2 but I am concentrating on the first.
From v1, we read John’s account of Jesus’ very first miracle. Turning dirty washing water into the best wine at a local wedding! This celebration would last up to a week long and running out of wine was a serious embarrassment to the host. Notice that Jesus and his new disciples were there as guests. Probably dressed in their best robes, relaxing, maybe dancing and having fun. It’s good to remember that Jesus was part of a community, probably well known as an experienced carpenter.
It’s his Mother, Mary, who tells him of the problem. Perhaps, seeing him begin to gather his disciples together she senses the time has come for him to step into his ministry. At first Jesus seems reluctant to get involved. However, as with many Mothers, she decides to go ahead anyway! V5 in the Message gives us that wonderful instruction, “whatever he tells you, do it”. She had absolute trust in her God given son. Mary’s words are surely ones on which we, as modern-day disciples of Jesus, can securely build our own life? Could it be, though, that the timing of Jesus’ 1st miracle was influenced by an over enthusiastic, pushy Mum?!
In fact, Jesus could have provided wine for the wedding in a myriad of ways, but he chose to involve the servants. Involving people in the process, drawing them in. They needed enough faith and confidence in Jesus to believe that the liquid he was asking them to serve, was not still the water set aside for washing people’s feet! I think I’m right in saying that all Jesus’ miracles were in answer to a need. To serve a purpose and to lead us humans to a better understanding of the nature of Jesus and thereby, God. They were never to draw attention to himself or to show off.
Often today God will involve us in the miracle of our daily walk with Him. Asking us to trust and have faith, being obedient in whatever He asks of us. He knows the end result of that obedience will produce much more provision and joy than we could manage in our own strength alone.
The miraculous wine served at the wedding was not the same as that originally provided by the host. V10 says he shouted to the bridegroom, “you’ve saved the best till now”. Jesus’ provision is never mediocre or half hearted.
He served the BEST wine
He fed 5000 men till they were FULL
He calmed the raging storm COMPLETELY
He healed people ALTOGETHER
He rose from the dead BODILY
If we can grasp that Truth and live in it wholeheartedly and with purpose, we can live every day in the perfect love and provision of Jesus. Amen.