Miracles and wonders? Jesus accomplished hundreds, maybe even thousands. The Bible speaks precisely of only 36 of them, but the apostle John says that he did many more, so much so that a single book cannot contain them all (John 21:25).
The first miracle of Jesus is found in the episode of the wedding at Cana which is mentioned in John 2:1-12.
While Jesus and his disciples are on their way to Galilee, they stop in the city of Cana and that’s good, there is a wedding in the city! Jesus and his mother are invited there and while the preparations are taking place, one of the important elements of the celebration is missing: the drink and more precisely the wine. The mother of Jesus thus comes to inform her son of the situation.
Jesus no doubt knew that the wine was running out, but he asked his mother to express clearly her request and her need. She thus asked the servants to follow Jesus’ orders. They brought him 6 stone jars which the Lord asked them to fill with water.
Jesus performed a miracle by transforming the water in these 6 jars into wine and then he asked the servants to bring them to the wedding planner. Surprised by the quality of the wine, the latter complimented the groom with these words:
“Every man first serves the good wine, then the not so good after getting drunk; but you, you have kept the good wine until now!” (John 2:10)
This one did not know that this wine was the fruit of a miracle of the Lord and that obviously, it could only be of excellent quality!
This is how Jesus’ first miracle ends. The Bible tells us that following this episode, the disciples believed in him. Like the disciples, it is true that sometimes we need to believe in order to see.
Our God is able to supply all our needs. But sometimes He expects us to make them clear to Him. The Wedding at Cana was the first of a long series of miracles. Many of you know this passage, but perhaps you want to know more!
3 key principles to learn from Jesus’ first miracle
John 2:1-12 narrates the very first of many miracles that Jesus did during his 3 years of ministry on earth. As a reminder, this is the episode where, during a wedding, Jesus changed water into wine.
Beyond the simple miracle of transformation, this episode teaches us principles that, if applied in our prayer lives, will be of real benefit to us.
The episode of the Wedding at Cana recounts the very first miraculous account of Christ:
“On the third day there was a wedding at Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus was also invited to the wedding along with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine”. Jesus said to her, “Woman, what do you want from me? My time has not yet come”. His mother said to the servants: “Do as he tells you”.
1) Jesus was invited
The first element to note is the reason for the coming of Jesus to this wedding. In John 2:2 we read that “ Jesus was invited to the wedding together with his disciples .” What may seem like a detail to you actually reveals an important principle: Jesus was invited.
His first miracle was performed because he was invited to do so. Jesus was welcome. He did not impose himself on the marriage of this couple! If we need a miracle from the Lord in our life, we must invoke his presence. Jesus must be invited into our lives, and much more, into our hearts! We cannot expect Christ to perform a miracle in our life if He is not part of it!
2) Jesus was made aware of the problem
In John 2:3 we read:
“And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’
Jesus is God in that he is God, he must have had full knowledge of the fact that the wine would begin to run out. Nevertheless, despite being fully aware of the problem, Jesus said to his mother “ what do you want from me ”, in other words, “ what do you expect from me?“.
Jesus wanted us to appeal to Him by explaining the problem to Him and above all by expressing clearly to Him the fact that we needed Him. Jesus expects us to ask for his help and to recognize that without him we can do nothing.
James 4:2 states “…you do not possess, because you do not ask”. Sometimes we are filled with pride and pride and dare not recognize that we need God in our lives. However, we must learn humility and share our problems with God, if we desire his miraculous intervention in our lives.
3) God is able to do more than we expect!
The end of the story tells that while tasting the wine that Jesus had made, the wedding planner was very surprised and addressed the groom in this way:
“Every man first serves the good wine, then the not so good after getting drunk; you have kept the good wine until now.” (see John 2:10)
The master of ceremonies was pleasantly surprised and probably did not expect this wine to be of such good quality; And for good reason, it was made by the son of God himself! Could we expect anything else from him? Jesus will always surpass anything man is capable of. While we expect a miracle from him in our lives, we can be assured of one thing: he will not do things by halves and will always give us the best!
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This first miracle of Jesus reveals three principles that can transform our prayer lives! Christ is able to work a miracle in our lives, if we invite him to do so, tell him of our needs, and expect extraordinary results from him! We serve the God of the impossible. If he could turn water into wine, is there anything he can’t do in our lives?