What do you think of when you think of God? Whatever it is that you think, I promise you He is greater. What is your perception of Jesus? He’s far better than you could imagine. Jesus came to reveal God to us completely. Jesus was God, therefore, to see and hear Him was to see and hear God. This is true of His earthly life and all that it entailed. The words, the stories, the love and the miracles all tell us who God really is, and the God we see is more incredible than we could have thought possible.
Jesus’ first miracle in the Gospel of John chapter 2 tells us much about just how good He is. A country wedding was taking place in the little town of Cana in the countryside of Galilee. Two normal, run of the mill people deciding to make their love official. This is where the King of Kings decided to unveil His glory for the first time.
Notice that He chose a home instead of the temple. This tells us that Jesus is personal. Although He would spend plenty of time in the temple, He was just as comfortable in this little home. Also, He chose a wedding instead of a funeral. You see, Jesus is a God of life, not death. He came to overcome death and the grave, and that’s what He ultimately did with His eventual resurrection from the dead. He is a God of laughter, celebration and dancing. This is who God really is. He also chose a feast instead of a fast. The opening act of the Son of God was this little wedding. The opportunity came when the wine ran out.
In ancient Jewish culture, running out of wine at a wedding was a huge social mistake and a major embarrassment to the groom because it was ultimately his responsibility. Whether it was because the crowd was larger than expected or the groom was simply a poor planner, it was a big deal that the party was still going and the wine was all gone.
This is where Jesus stepped in. He commands the servants, privately, to fill the water jars used for ceremonial cleansing up with water. He then very quietly and simply tells them to take some to the master of ceremonies. They had no idea that the dirty water had been changed into the most exquisite wine anyone had ever enjoyed. Over 150 gallons of water had been instantly and miraculously turned to wine. Amazing. Stunning. Powerful.
While it is true that this miracle displayed Jesus’ amazing power, it also displayed His extravagant goodness. This major point of this miracle seems to simply be to show that He is good! He saves the groom from extreme embarrassment while providing the guests with immense enjoyment. Yep, that’s just good. Really good.
You may have to peel back your preconceived notions of Jesus to truly embrace just how good He is. This miracle does that for you. As the party continued and the people enjoyed the fruits of the Messiah’s kindness, He sat with His new disciples. John tells us that they believed. I think that it was not only His brilliant power that made them believe. I think it was also His goodness. The Jesus who turns the ordinary into extraordinary. And just think…..if He can turn water into wine, what could He do with your life and mine?