The gospels are full of great stories like this one. Jesus, His disciples, and Mary were invited to a wedding celebration. Everyone loves a wedding, there's such hope for the new couple. People dress up and gather when they usually don't. Friends and family come to see the couple. They sparkle with joy, and shake a bit from anxiety. Everyone hopes for a wonderful celebration, that's perfect. The couple in this wedding got an added surprise.
1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
No one calls her Mary... She's "the mother." Women are usually the most concerned about weddings. When I was a little girl I dreamt of what my dress would be like and which flowers I wanted. So to Mary this was a big deal. The party would end early and spoil the couple's celebration. All she said was, "They have no wine." She didn't actually tell Him what to do.
4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”
Jesus response is interesting. "It's not my problem. It's not time yet." He may have looked down at His toes. Or prayed to make sure He was on the right track. Sometimes I pray, "Father let Your will be my desire," in times like these.
5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
Mary had faith in Him. She knew He would do the right thing. So she told the servants to do as He says. It does make you wonder if Jesus did miracles as a child. Maybe He helped Mary and Joseph when they needed it. It's a good thing Jesus is the Son of God and Man, otherwise, as a big brother... Oy! It could have been Joseph, being concerned for Jesus safety as a child, that warned Jesus to wait to show His power at the right time. Regardless Jesus has the heart of love, the heart of God.
6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.
7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.
8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it.
9 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. 10 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!”
It's a great account. Imagine how delighted the couple must've been. There's a lot more to this. The Old Testament contains the old covenant with man. It was based on man's obedience to God's law. The New Testament or covenant is Jesus. Jesus came to fulfill the law, so anyone who believed could be saved. He is the new wine sent to save mankind. He is the bridegroom waiting to draw the bride (the Church) to Himself. He is the vine, we are the branches. He is living water.
11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.
It wasn't just the water that was transformed. When the disciples saw this. They knew for sure. They'd found the Messiah. For me, He transformed my anger and bitterness to joy. I had to believe in Him; He changed my heart immediately.