VBS Day 3: The Meaning of Jesus’ First Miracle

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)

Last night we learned that the first miracle by Jesus in public occurred during a wedding, about a month after his baptism by John the Baptist.

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.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

(John 2:1-4)

Mary persisted. She turned to the servants, making clear that she expected Jesus to help.

And he did.

Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast.” So they took it. …and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. 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.” (John 2:7-10)

Why did Jesus use his will to create wine for a wedding? At first he was annoyed when his mother suggested it. Perhaps upon reflection he recognized that this seemingly trivial act offered a teaching moment.

First, the superior quality of the wine not only surprised the steward, but it made a strong impression on Jesus’ new disciples. The act revealed his glory; and it convinced his disciples to believe in him — their needs would be provided.

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. (John 2:11)

In addition, this miracle of water into wine was a sign. It resulted from the combined actions of people and divine activity. Yes, we can fill water jars; but only God can turn water into wine! We can do the ordinary, the commonplace, the normal activity; but God brings it to life.

The first of Jesus’ miracles reveals what the ministry of Jesus will be like whenever he touches a human life. And it has held true, not only during his time on earth, but through all the centuries to come — whenever and wherever his ministry is present in the world.

Yes, it affects us even today. When we invite God into our situation all the humdrum, commonplace activities of our lives are touched by a new power that makes them special, giving joy and gladness to our heart. That’s the meaning of this sign.

Read all about VBS 2015 starting here.

The Water to Wine drama during VBS is shown below.


Thanks to Rick Shuford for providing the photo.