Daily Devotionals

Trouble Maker Week 7: Tuesday

This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him. John 2:11

The last wedding I attended was my sister’s wedding. Not only was it beautiful, but the food at her reception was delicious. There was one food item that everyone raved about: fried pot stickers or dumplings. Sadly, I could not try the pot stickers because they ran out. Despite the dumpling disappointment, the wedding was a smashing success. It was a beautiful day. Running out of the pot stickers certainly did not ruin the wedding. In fact, no one besides me probably even noticed that they ran out. In Jesus’ day, however, running out of food and drinks at a wedding was a much, much bigger deal. It was humiliating for the wedding hosts to run out of food and drinks. John chapter two tells the story of a wedding where the hosts ran out of wine and how Jesus saved the day.

 Everything was running smoothly with the wedding when suddenly the wine ran out. This was a disgrace to the hosts of the wedding party. Thankfully for the party hosts, Jesus was there and did something about it. 

When the wine ran out, Mary, Jesus’ mother, ran up to Jesus and told Him there was no more wine. Seeing the problem, Jesus asked servants to fill six jars with water. When the jars were full, He instructed them to draw water out of the jar for the taste-tester (also known as the master of ceremonies). As it was drawn out, it became obvious that the water had turned to wine. When the master of ceremonies tried the new wine, he was amazed. He told everyone that this new wine was the best wine of the evening. This miracle was the first miracle that Jesus performed on earth. When His disciples observed this miracle, they believed in Him, realizing He was the Messiah (John 2:11). 

This miracle where Jesus saved the wedding was truly amazing. It was the first glimpse of His power. You see, Jesus has all the power in the world. He can turn water into the best-tasting wine. He still works in our lives today. Do you believe He has the power to work miracles in your life?

Moving toward action

Jesus often does infinitely more than we could hope or expect. When is a time God performed a miracle in your life beyond what you could have expected? Write about this time in your journal. It does not have to be a big, huge miracle. It can be something seemingly small, too. All of these are significant. How does this miracle give you confidence and hope in the areas where you are still waiting for Him to work?

Going Deeper

John 2:1-12 (NLT)

"The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”

4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8 he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.

9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”

11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

12 After the wedding he went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples."