Today’s Daily Devotion (DD) looks at Jesus’ first miracle he performs as He launches His ministry. When we taught this lesson last month to the children in our church’s 4-year old class, the program our church uses had a video about Jesus making “super fancy party drinks.” My wife and I thought it might have not been the best miracle to focus on to teach kids that young, especially in America, where despite being in a “stay-at-home” quarantine, the liquor stores are still open as “essential” businesses. Well, as you will see today, Jesus kept the wine flowing, so why not keep the alcohol sales going? Some things are fine in moderation, right?
What would have happened if Jesus cut the wedding party off? I did not think of that question until I was typing this message, but it is an interesting thought. They had consumed all the wine they had purchased legally already, Jesus could have easily told His mother they all had enough to drink. The bars closed, time to go home. But instead, Jesus performed one of His most infamous miracles, and a miracle that is only recorded in John’s Gospel.
Jesus is still performing miracles today. This becomes the testimony the world needs to read, see, or hear. If Jesus has performed a life changing miracle in your life, or even if you see the miracle of Jesus’ love moving in your world everyday, I encourage you to share it on our Testimonies page.
3When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to Him, “They have no more wine.”
4“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has yet to come.”
5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
7Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. (John 2:3-7)
The Gospel of John is the only book to include what many consider the initial miracle that kick-started Jesus’ three years of healing, raising the dead, multiplying fish and bread. All of that began at a Jewish wedding where the party ran out of wine, then Jesus turned six huge jars from water to wine. There are several things I always like to think about in these passages, and not just the fact that Jesus makes the best wine the master of the banquet ever tasted, and He made A LOT of wine! That wedding was about to get turnt up (as the young kids call it). Jesus just made 180 gallons of wine because the servants “filled them to the brim,” and that’s after the wedding feast had already gone dry on whatever supply they had of wine before then. These ancient Jewish weddings must have been lit! (Also as the youth call it).
This miracle is fun to think about but what I think is much deeper thought about this miracle is that this was NOT the first time Jesus performed a miracle like this. I think it was not even the first time He turned water into wine. Mary knew. Mary knew what her son could do. He was probably keeping Mary and Joseph’s wine cellar full for a couple years. Mary would not have asked Jesus to perform that miracle if she didn’t know what He was capable of doing.
Do you know what miracles Jesus is capable of performing in your life? What’s preventing you from approaching Jesus and asking Him to perform something miraculous for you? You prayed for something specific for the first three months of this year. Whether that miracle came to life or not, don’t be discouraged. Your hour may not have come yet, but Jesus is still performing miracles. Come to Him in thanksgiving and petition and Jesus will work all things for the good. Of course, before you ever ask Jesus for a specific miracle, you need to remember who, and what, you are asking. Jesus is never going to do anything for you that you could do for yourself. Jesus hates money and wealth, so He will never grant you a financial miracle. He’s the miraculous healer. He’s still performing those unexplainable medical miracles around the world. Now we all need to come together to pray for one specific miracle to shake this world.
Pray that Jesus infects the hearts of every person on this planet. Pray for God to finally stop the spread of COVID-19. Pray specifically for that Maudy Thursday will be the day COVID stops spreading and Good Friday will see the first day of recovery. And Easter Sunday will be the day of resurrection for this country. Pray this prayer with me every day.
Reading plan: John 3
Deeper reading plan: 1 Kings 9, 10, 11
Prayer and meditation: Pray for all medical personnel around the world, that God wraps them in heavenly protection to keep them healthy and keep their families protected. Pray for protection for your loved ones and that God will continue to keep them safe and healthy. Pray for all those personally affected by COVID infections.
Fitness challenge: Run your first TWO-mile run for time.
Service Challenge: It’s been four weeks since we got out in the community due to COVID-19. Continue to look for ways you can serve your community while maintaining your social distance.