Daily Devotional

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Wedding at Cana

When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it had come from...Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.     John 2:9a & 11

During a wedding in Cana, Jesus turned water into wine. It was his first miracle as recorded in the Gospel of John. It is a curious initial miracle, because it seems something akin to a first century beer run. The keg was kicked and Jesus was called upon to make sure that the party rolled on uninterrupted.

Odd or not, this first miracle suggested that Jesus’ ministry was going to take place among ordinary people in ordinary circumstances. Jesus was not only a Lord and Savior but he was also a friend, a brother, and even a wedding guest. His ministry was also going to be a ministry of celebration. Jesus’ ministry was about bringing good news, and, on occasion, it was about bringing good cheer. Jesus would challenge the world, but he could also be the life of the party.

Can you imagine being at a party with Jesus?

Dear Lord, you dwelled with us, as one of us. You experienced joy and sorrow, celebration and solemnity. You broke up some parties while encouraging others. Just like us, there are times when you seemed—and still seem—a confusing mix of contradictions. However, you do not ask us to understand you, simply to follow you . . . and that invitation is reason enough to celebrate. In your name, I pray. AMEN.