Water to Wine


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Turning Water to Wine

    On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

    “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied, “My time has not yet come.”

    His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

    Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

    Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

    Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

    They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

    This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him. -- John 2:1-11

Marriage is an institution of God, with its origins in the divine desire for the perpetual social happiness of man.

Christ’s first miracle was a seal of honor upon the marriage relationship, replete with evidence of his Messiahship and glory.

There are indications that the nuptial parties were related to Mary, the mother of Jesus, as she appears to have been in a position of responsibility.

The lack of wine

  • Probably due to financial circumstances
  • Mother seems to have known his power

The Savior’s commands

  • Fill the jars with water
    • Having the servants do this, they knew that the jars were filled with water
    • Filled to the brim it was obvious that there was no room to pour in wine, making a mixture of both
    • Same servants who poured the water drew the wine, so there was a chain of evidence
  • Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet
    • The master of the banquet declares his surprise at the quality of the wine
    • Good wine brought out last

Results arising from the miracle

  • Manifested the glory of the Lord
    • Power
    • Godhead
  • Produced faith in divine mission
    • Presence of Christ alone can sanctify our festive occasions
    • Christ can do all for us and be all to us
    • The Lord’s blessings are the best and most precious
    • No evidence of drunkenness
    • Faith in the Redeemer





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