Our scripture this morning is John 2:1-12.

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 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.” What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

This story tells of the first sign Jesus performed, but there are some interesting things to note in addition to the miracle of water becoming wine. Jesus never did these things to make Himself look good or to gain anyone’s favor – even His mother. His miracles were done in accordance with God’s plan and through His grace.

Mary knows that Jesus is special, and in this passage she seems to ask Him to intervene when the wine runs out. Notice that she doesn’t suggest anything specific but Jesus knows what she wants. He responds a little cryptically, saying “my hour has not yet come” (v. 4).

Mary understands and tells the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them, indicating her trust in Him and respect for His divine responsibility. I imagine Jesus prayed before responding, as He had not performed any miracles before, and all of His actions were approved by the Father. While this scripture tells us of His first miracle, it also helps us understand Mary’s relationship with Him and their connection with God.

Loving Lord, we see Jesus as our savior and model for our lives. May we be obedient as He was and go to do Your will in our world. Amen.

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