2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b]
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 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.”
11 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.
12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.
The interesting thing about the gospel of John, he only records a limited number of miracles. He writes in chapter 21:
24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
John wrote with the intended purpose of testifying to his readers that Jesus was the son of God, the Messiah, the Christ. So the interesting thing about this story is that it made it into John’s writing along with a select number of other miracles. So why is this one so important? Well, in the text, Jesus’ mother recruits him to resolve the situation at the wedding before “his time has come.” It was not time for him to reveal himself and enter his public ministry.
Verse 11 is a key verse. Verse 11 tells us that this is where he first revealed his glory and the disciples first believed him. When they experienced a miracle first-hand, they put their faith in him. Similarly, it was Thomas who did not believe the resurrection until he saw the holes in his hands and side. And Jesus told Thomas, essentially that he believed because he has seen, but blessed are those who have not seen and still believe.
Many of us have seen the power of God at work in our own lives. We have seen those times when coincidence is an indication of God remaining anonymous. We’ve seen loved ones healed, God’s provision, and other indications that God is real and Jesus is who he claimed he was. Yet those things can only be seen through the eyes of faith. Because we never saw Jesus turn water to wine, feed 5,000, heal the sick or the lame, we have to trust that he is who he said he is. In this season of Lent, let us seek to trust him more for who he is.