JESUS TURNS WATER INTO 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!” This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.
John 2: 1– 11
Hospitality at a wedding was a sacred duty. So serious were those social customs that, if they were not observed, lawsuits could be brought by the injured parties! “Without wine,” said the rabbis, “there is no joy.” Wine was crucial, not for drunkenness, which was considered a disgrace, but for what it demonstrated. The presence of wine stated that this was a special day and that all the guests were special guests. . . .
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is one of the first to notice that the wine has run out. She goes to her Son and points out the problem: “They have no wine.”
Jesus’ response? “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” Interesting statement. “My hour.” Jesus is aware of the plan. He has a place and a time for his first miracle. And this isn’t it. Jesus knows the plan. At first, it appears he is going to stay with it. But as he hears his mother and looks into the faces of the wedding party, he reconsiders. The significance of the plan is slowly eclipsed by his concern for the people. Timing is important, but people are more so.
As a result, he changes his plan to meet the needs of some friends. Incredible. The schedule of heaven is altered so some friends won’t be embarrassed. The inaugural miracle is motivated— not by tragedy or famine or moral collapse— but by concern for friends who are in a bind. . . . His friends were embarrassed. What bothered them bothered him. So go ahead. Tell God what hurts. Talk to him. He won’t turn you away. He won’t think it’s silly. . . .
Does God care about the little things in our lives? You better believe it. If it matters to you, it matters to him.