The first miracle Jesus performed was to change water into wine at a marriage feast in Cana (John 2:1-11). Jesus’ earthly ministry had begun after His baptism by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:16–17). This first miracle was incredible. It was symbolic of what Jesus had come to to do in our lives. He had come to redeem us, to save us, and to transform us. He had come to give us life and life eternal. The fact that the miracle was performed at a wedding was very significant in many ways (not enough time here to share). The love and joy inherent in a wedding ceremony are characteristic of Jesus’ ministry, who came into this world because of love (John 3:16) and brought joy to all who believe (Luke 2:10). This was to be inherent in our daily lives as well.
Throughout the centuries though, the church in general, has reversed this miracle. The church has often turned the wine of gladness and influence back into plain ol’ water…. “having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power” (the power to see lives changed and relationships transformed). It has exchanged a living and vibrant relationship with God for powerless religious activity. Instead of the need for genuine transformation, it has settled for a social gathering without His presence. In other words, a lack of genuine faith to believe the impossible, a lack of actually offering hope in hopeless situations, and a lack of being motivated by God’s unconditional love. Without transformation, we have become judgmental guardians of flavorless social entertainment gatherings, turning our worship into something external rather than the focus on the eternal. Nevertheless, people today, every where, are yearning for a real relationship with God and with each other. Real Transformation!
The first wine served at the wedding of Cana was good, but the last wine, the wine Jesus made towards the end of the celebration was even better. The quality of the wine stunned the host and the guest. The miracle was not dependent on them.
I believe in these last days, the best is yet to come. Not because of us, but because of Him. As we draw near to the second coming of the Lord, to that amazing celebration, He wants to do something supernatural in the everyday events of our lives. Good things have happened in our lives in the past, and throughout Church history, but the best is yet to come! As they say in the south, the very best wine is fixen to be served! SC
“They will rejoice in the bounty of the LORD—the grain, the new wine . . .” (Jeremiah 31:12).