Scripture: John 2:11, ‘This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.’
Observations: The ‘miraculous sign’ that John is referring to here is when Jesus turns between 480 and 720 litres of water into top quality wine, at a wedding in Cana (v1-10). John says two things resulted from this miraculous sign. Firstly, Jesus ‘revealed his glory.’ This is the same word that John uses in 1:14. The glory that Jesus revealed is none other than God’s glory. But what exactly did Jesus reveal of God’s glory? Obviously, he revealed God’s power. Changing water into wine was indeed miraculous. But Jesus also revealed something of God’s character. Changing water into wine at a wedding was an act of grace – it showed God’s kindness and desire to bless people. However, Jesus also showed something of God’s plan. The water Jesus changed was used for ceremonial washing, and later Jesus uses wine to represent his blood spilt on the cross. John may be hinting here of how Jesus came to bring cleansing through his blood, which for John is evidence of God’s glory. The second thing that results from this miracle is that Jesus’ ‘disciples put their faith in him.’ Jesus used miraculous signs to confirm his ministry, that he was indeed the Christ.
Application: When we think of God’s glory, we usually think of his power and majesty, but often we forget that what really defines God is his character – his desire to show grace and bless people, and even to humble himself in order to die for the forgiveness of our sins. A God of power is worthy of fear, but a God who loves us so much he would die for us is worthy of faith. Do you see God as someone who would turn water into wine in order to bless a couples’ wedding? Do you think of God as the One who entered our world in the person of Jesus Christ in order to die for our sins? Maybe today you could thank God for how he has blessed you and praise him that he is a God of blessing and grace.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You are Almighty God, You created the universe, and You hold it spinning in the palm of Your hand. You are majestic in Your glory and power and You deserve all honour and praise and glory. But Lord, You show us in Your word, and especially in Your living Word, Your Son, Jesus, that You are also a God who loves me, who wants to bless me, who was willing to die for me. Lord I thank You for Your love and grace, that you not only displayed in the cross, but that you display every day in my life. Lord, You deserve my faith, because You are a faithful God. You deserve my love because You are a loving God. Lord, I worship You in Jesus’ name. Amen.