Changing Water to Wine
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it. ” Now there were set there six water pots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” – John 2:1-10.
This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. – John 2:11.
John’s Gospel account focuses on the divine power of Jesus Christ.
When Jesus turned water into wine, He performed His first miracle at the wedding feast. It was also at the request of His mother. He didn’t want to demonstrate His power yet, but still obeyed His mother.
He did this miracle/sign privately in the presence of His disciples and the servants. It was performed exclusively for the benefit of His disciples. He desired to express His glory and bring His disciples to a deeper belief in His divinity through this glorious act.
Among other things, this miracle reveals that Jesus possessed power over substance and time. Acknowledging this power and its relationship to significant doctrines such as Christ as Creator and Redeemer may lead to greater and deeper faith in the Saviour and His role in our lives.
This was the first of seven miracles of Jesus presented by John. Of course, he does record later that “… Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” – John 20:30, 31.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.