The Wedding At Cana

11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
John 2:11 (NLT)

In this article we shall study what is commonly known as Jesus’ first miracle which is to turn water into wine. We shall look deep into the story and find out how we can benefit from it. Here is the background.

One day Jesus was attending a wedding party in a village in Cana, Galilee. His mother and disciples were there. Unfortunately the organizer of the wedding had a logistic problem. They ran out of wine. At that time, wine was a necessity for wedding celebration. (I suspect many cultures in the world today have the same law.) So, they had a crisis. The guests would not be pleased. The purpose of the party was to make the wedding celebration a memorable event in which the married couple can look back from the future with sweet memories. However, the shortage of wine could potentially derail their original plan. People would have remembered this wedding as a failure. Worse, some people could have spread rumors that the families of the couple wanted to cut cost in the celebration. A crisis seemed to be inevitable.

So, Jesus’ mother told Jesus the problem of the party.

3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
John 2:3 (NLT)

Jesus gave a very interesting reply.

4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
John 2:4 (NLT)

When I first read this verse, I thought it means I don’t care. Think about this scenario. You called to order pizza. After one hour your pizza has not arrived. You called in to ask and after a while they told you they had problem with their motorcycle. How will you reply? Chances are you will say, “I don’t care. That is not my problem. If I don’t see my pizza in 5 minutes, I will cancel the order and will never buy from you again.” So, I used to think the term “not our problem” said by Jesus had the same meaning.

However, if we read on in context, we will realize that the actual meaning is the problem shall no longer exist. John 2:4 is a positive statement. Jesus was saying that the problem of wine shortage would no longer exist. The problem will be over.

Jesus also said, “My time has not yet come.” What time was he talking about? Obviously, based on the whole context it means the time to overcome the problem. Let us look at mummy’s respond.

5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
John 2:5 (NLT)

Why did she say that? Obviously she knew Jesus was going to do something. So this proves that John 2:4 is not a negative statement as I first thought.

Subsequently, Jesus told the servants to fill the wine jars with water, pour the contents from the jars out and serve them to the master of ceremonies whom we shall refer as the MC. I suspect some of the servants might think, “Serving water to the MC? Will he be fooled? Hey, this guy is a professional. Even the dumbest guy can tell the difference between water and wine.”

However, this is how the MC responded.

9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over.
10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”
John 2:9-10 (NLT)

The guy not only thought he was drinking real wine, he considered the wine to be the best. What happened? Jesus had solved the problem of wine shortage by turning water into wine. Not only that the wine he made was judged by the MC to be the best.

11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
John 2:11 (NLT)

The above verse described the miracle from Jesus as his glory. Jesus is glorified each time he helps us to overcome our problem.

How can we learn from this?

We have problems everyday. However, that does not mean we have to bear our problems alone. We have a loving God who wants to deliver us from them all. All we need to do is to turn to him. God’s answers to our problems are always specific to the problems we face.

At the wedding in Cana, their problem was the shortage of wine. Money would not help because Cana was only a village and there could not be sufficient supply of wine in the shops. Neither could giving more bread or shopping vouchers to the guests cover up the fact that there was no wine. The problem was specifically wine and the only thing they had was water. So, Jesus turned the water into wine.

If Jesus can help them then, he can help you now. You may only have water and not wine. Give your water to Jesus and he will turn it into wine. Whatever you have, no matter how insignificant, God can turn it into something beautiful. Here are some examples:

You may be very poor now. You are in debt and need a lot of money to be free. The worst thing you can do is to focus on your lack. What should you do then? Find out what you have and give thanks for it. You may have a few dollars or even a few cents in your pocket. These few cents are the equivalent of water. Give them to God. These few cents may not make any difference to you but if you commit them to God, he can turn them into millions of dollars. He can turn your few cents into a few million dollars just like what he did to the water in Cana. As long as you believe, you will receive.

You may be very sick right now. The doctors could have told you that you have only one month to live. This one-month period is now your equivalent of water. I suggest you commit it to God. Every day in this one month, spend as much time as you can in reading the Bible, confess his words and listen to faith messages. Find others who are also sick and pray for them. Call them to encourage them to believe and not give up. This is your commitment of your time to God. If you do that, you will find yourself living beyond the one-month dateline. God will turn your one-month life span into one hundred years. Your water has been turned into wine.

Let us look back to the problem in Cana. The problem was specifically the shortage of wine, not the quality of wine. Yet, when Jesus gave them the wine, he gave them wine with better quality. God over-answers our prayers. This is the nature of our God. He does not provide us just enough. He gives us exceedingly and abundantly above what we can ask and think of.

For example, if you need one million dollars to solve your financial crisis, he will give you more than a million dollars. If you need a house, he will give you a house with better location. If you are fighting cancer, he will not only remove your cancer, he will give you better health than you ever have before. These are the exceedingly and abundantly type of deliverance from God.

John 2:11 links the incident in Cana to Jesus’ glory. The glory of God comes from helping us to overcome our problems. I remember one of the slanders that the religious people hurl on us Christians is, we focus on asking God for things instead of giving glory to God as though both are mutually exclusive. However, John 2:11 says otherwise. God is glorified when he helps us to overcome our problems. The more things we ask from God, the more he is glorified.

Do you want to give more glory to God? If you do, then do the following:

 Ask him to solve your problems.

 Ask him to give you better health.

 Ask him to deposit more money into your bank account.

 Ask him to give you more success in work.

 Ask him to give you more revelations when you read the Bible.

 Ask him to show you how to be a greater blessing to the people around you.

 Ask him for more favor with people.

 ETC.


2 Responses to “The Wedding At Cana”

  1. JP Says:

    Good.. no… great stuff!! Grace to you!! this is what I am talking about. His Good News!! He is a great good God and he is good all the time. HE LOVES US!! Hallelujah!!!
    May the God of all peace bless you abundantly with His Holy Spirit without measure.

  2. Yeap Chee Seng Says:


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