May 24, 2023

Hello Advent Family,

I have always thought it was interesting that Jesus’ first public miracle was at a party.  A wedding feast where they ran out of wine.  To many this might not seem very significant but it would have been a big embarrassment for the host to have run out of wine in the midst of this wedding celebration. Mary feels for the host and asks for Jesus to help.  Let’s look at the story together from John 2. 

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

For me one of the biggest takeaways of this story is that Jesus cares. He doesn’t just care about the big things He cares about the things that are big to us in the moment.  He could have easily waited for a blind person or a leper to be His first public miracle but He showed that He has compassion on someone throwing a party.  He cared enough about their embarrassment to turn water into wine and to turn it into really good wine.  No matter how small it might seem to you Jesus cares about what you are going through today.  Take some time and talk to Him about it today.

In His Grip,

Pastor Dave