The Water Turned to Wine at the Wedding in Cana - John 2:1-11
Updated: Sep 28
It was the third day of the wedding celebration for our dear friends. Food and wine were shared, and everyone was getting to see friends and family who came far and wide to enjoy the festivities. With the couple dear to so many hearts, people chose to make the journey to the wedding, and the crowds came daily rather than return to work. It was a reprieve for everyone away from their normal routines, and it caused a magnetism to the laughter and social fun.
Suddenly one of the hired servants came over to me as I was helping set out more food. “Mary, we are desperately low of wine, and it can’t be thinned out any further with water! What shall we do?”
Relieved that the servant didn’t go to the parents of the couple for it would be great shame for them, I anxiously dried my hands and sought out my wise son who at 30 years of age has shown much wisdom to all our issues. My husband, Joseph, passed years earlier, and Jesus was the one who helped guide our family with decisions. I just knew he would suggest the right thing to do! I motioned for the servant and another to follow me.
Finding him enjoying a good story surrounded by some new friends who were fishermen, I approached Jesus and said, “They have no more wine.”
“Dear Woman, why do you involve me? My time has not yet come,” Jesus replied.
Knowing Jesus’ heart and compassion for others, I did not worry that he wouldn’t care- for he did. I quickly told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Nearby were six large stone jars that could contain 20-30 gallons each of water. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill those jars with water.” The servants quickly filled them to the brim. Then Jesus directed them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did as they were beckoned, and the master of the banquet sipped the water that was turned into wine. Immediately, the fine quality of liquid burst into fruity flavor shocking his tastebuds. He took the bridegroom aside and exclaimed,“Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guest have had too much to drink, but you have saved the best till now!” Praise and honor were given to the bridegroom.
That day the disciples saw his glory revealed, and it increased their faith in him. It is a reminder for us all to seek out Jesus for the deliverance of our problems.
If we go to Him for guidance and wisdom, he will touch the issue and turn it into something better….water to wine. He may even give us honor that we didn’t even seek….for when we are touched by him, he does immeasurably more than we ask.
Likewise he can touch us making our lives of plain water turn to the Fruit of the Vine - fine wine getting better as we age in Christ.
Questions For Reflection:
Do we ever find we are frustrated or mad at God for allowing us to "endure a cup" of crisis or stress? Or, is our heart willing to be a servant used in all situations where God promises to turn water to wine if we seek His touch in it?
How does our character to grow in bad situations?
Does a situation ever seem impossible for God to help in or do we go through life trusting God even with impossible circumstances?
Can we too see the significance of the moment regarding Mary; it is the very last words out of her mouth directly.
“Do what he tells you.”
The Christian world should take heed to her last words…
“Do what he tells you to do.”
There should be no looking to Mary for our guidance.
Even now people venerate Mary and ask her for advice as they offer her prayers, this is not found as a directive in the Bible.
Now regarding the wine:
Wine- is the process of correctly fermenting grapes that with age tastes better, but if the mother of vinegar is placed in it, it turns to vinegar and is sour.
Keeping Mary in mind as a role model is beneficial, but not as or with the center of our faith. Like wine- keeping the mother in it, will make faith go sour. There is no other mediator to God except Jesus. As in 1 Timothy 2:5 states "There is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man is Christ Jesus."
Little did Mary know that this event with wine would be the onset of his ministry. Interesting enough, dealing with wine was also present at the end of his Earthly ministry.
Sharing once again in scripture the value of parents, Jesus responds selflessly to his mother’s request with wine at the first gathering with his new disciples, and then on his last day of ministry, he responds to His Father requesting to drink the cup poured out to him in the midst of his disciples. I am sure there is more than one lesson hidden here. The obvious one is teaching his disciples the value of listening and loving our parents. The constant display of a humble life of servitude.
We also witness wine brought up in his last hours before crucifixion …
*at the last supper... take this cup of wine in remembrance of my blood poured out..
*then he mentions another remark at Last Supper - “the fruit of the vine will not touch his lips again until he is glorified and seated at the right hand of the Father.”
*at the cross he tastes but refuses to sip the sour wine-vinegar
His lasts words before "It is finished!" were "I am thirsty". The "Living Water" as Jesus once called himself at that point was empty of His life - poured out and filled with our sins. God turned His face from "sin" and Jesus was forsaken as he descended into Hell without his Father. He was physically thirsty, yes and desiring to be filled with His Living Spirit of Life. A reminder of what he endured for us that day.
A little further in the Gospel of John, Jesus states:
“I am the true vine and my father is the gardener”….John 15.1
Fine wine is the fruit of the vine and our God is the one that brings about the fruit in us. It includes pruning from the gardener. Pruning can be painful situations that we may bring about, or subject to from other people's sins, or a natural consequence. It is in the painful times that we go to God and seek him. Sadly, we tend to seek Him out less in the times of ease and fun.
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, so that it will be even more fruitful.
You are already clean because of the Word I have Spoken to you. Remain in me and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
It is a call to us to look to our Father to prune us to bear fruit. The fruit of the spirit should be Galatians 5:22 Love, Joy, Peace, Long Suffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness,and Self-Control.
Notice the word Remain in the scripture. We must remain in the Lord..for we can grow distant and then cold and then desire no faith at all.
We can get annoyed by the feeling of guilt about not going to church or reading the Bible. We don’t like "feeling like a bad person", so it is easier to let it all slip away as does the guilt. We can become calloused to the spiritual tugs and desire for God in our lives. Soon after, we have no faith. …and no fruit either- No peace nor contentment with joy - lacking self-control which can wreak havoc in our lives in so many ways.
If you remain IN the Lord then you will bear the fruit of the spirit…the true riches of the earth which are also eternal gifts to keep. We must remind ourselves to grow on the vine …turning ourselves to finer water…wine. He wants to touch us all, and it really all is simply seeking the Lord.
Read the account as it is recorded in the Bible: