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John’s Journey 2.1: Saving the Best for Last – John 2:1-12

The scene before us is the first miracle of Jesus that is recorded – changing the water into wine. There is nothing particularly noteworthy about the fact that Jesus turned the water into wine as such, no comment here about the use of alcohol. Common practice during wedding festivities was for wine to be provided, but in this case the wine ran out. The mother of Jesus had no power to create more wine, but she knew who did have that power as the text explains:

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:1-5

It seems that Mary, the mother of Jesus, had jumped the timetable. He wasn’t ready yet to reveal His power, but she forced the issue, essentially ignoring His protest while giving orders to the servants. The text goes on:

Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

12 After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days. John 2:6-12

Of course, the power of Jesus to perform such a miracle stands out, but there is more to the story than just His power. Jesus is giving us a picture of the eternal nature of God’s promises. For the committed follower of Christ, life only gets better and better over time as it moves from the here and now and into eternity where we receive the very best. Faith in Jesus is not about instant gratification, though there are benefits that we receive immediately upon receiving Him as Lord and Savior. Faith in Jesus is about eternal joy as a member of God’s eternal family. Regardless of what we might encounter during our earthly lives, we know where all of life leads. It leads to eternal life in the very presence of God. The best is saved for last and it lasts and lasts and lasts, forever and ever.