Journal Entry ~ 10/26/18

This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. - John 2:11

Backing into my thoughts from yesterday, it would seem that the only ones who knew about the miracle being performed were Mary, the disciples, and the servants. We know that miracles happen for the glory of God alone, so that His name would be lifted high above all others.  So it would seem to me that Jesus is trying to impact the lives of the disciples and the lives of the servants and show them first hand the glory of God.  Perhaps this is why He chose this miracle as His first. He wanted to demonstrate His glory, but He didn’t want to draw a great deal of attention just yet. Had He chosen to heal a man or raise someone from the dead right away, He would have drawn a lot of unwanted attention. The news of a miracle of that size would travel quickly, and with it would travel rumors and assumptions. The chaos around Him would have been significant, making it very difficult to get His message out. 

Clearly, Jesus didn’t want a lot of attention. He could have boasted to all the guests about what He did, but He chose to quietly take care of a need instead. I think this is partially because Jesus is humble, but also because He knows the hearts of the people He created. We have a tendency to be whipped up into a fury about things, and the energy that would have come from the questions would have been distracting the His purpose. 

The way He turned the water into wine is also important for us to meditate on. Jesus, in His infinite creative power, could have simply made glasses of wine appear in everyone’s hands. After all, He is the Creator of the universe. Instead, He chose to use what He has in front of Him to work His miracle. He asked the servants to fill the six large stone jars with water, then He had then scoop it out and discovered it was wine. He didn’t make anything appear, he simply changed the water into wine. 

In the same way, Jesus uses what we have to perform miracles. He doesn’t make something out of nothing, He finds a way to use what we already have. If you are praying for a miracle to happen, Jesus is going to respond to that request with something or someone already in your life. Miracles flow from what we have. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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