Jesus, along with His mother and His disciples, were one day invited to a wedding celebration in the town of Cana, in Galilee. During the reception, the supply of wine ran out, and Mary brought the news to Jesus. “They have no more wine,” she said.

“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”  But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.” John 2:4,5 NLT

The outstanding characteristic of Jesus during His time on this earth is His total devotion to His mission, to do the Will of God. As He Himself said, He only spoke what He heard His Father speak, and only did the deeds of His Father. The fact that He was confronted with a need, or an opportunity, was not in itself enough to make Him act; He lived by the will and the timing of His Father.

And when His time had come in the little town of Cana, the servants were ready for Him. He had them fill six giant stone waterpots with water, dip some out into a pitcher, and take it to the master of ceremonies. However unlikely these instructions must have seemed, the servants obeyed.

When the master of ceremonies tasted the new wine (not knowing, as the servants did, where it had originated), he found it to be extraordinary quality. He called the bridegroom over. “You know,” he said, “the host always serves his best wine first. The cheaper wine is always brought out after the guests have had plenty to drink. You have kept the best wine until now!”

This, John tells us, was Jesus’ first miracle, the first revelation of His Glory. It was perfect in every way, done in His Father’s timing, an act only the Creator Himself could have done, and the wine He had made was the very best quality, an honor to God. And Jesus’ disciples believed in Him.


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