"Epiphany 02: Water into Wine" -Tim Suttle

"Epiphany 02: Water to Wine" 

by Tim Suttle


What you believe about the future will change everything about how you live your life right now. Human beings have seemed to always understand this, so they constantly wonder about the future. In the Gospel of John, Jesus performs seven signs—they’re not called miracles, but signs—in the hopes that his followers will begin to believe, and even maybe to know that they have a future that is good. The first sign—weddings and wine and Jewish rites of purification—reveals something essential about the kingdom of God, and the future of the whole world.

John 2:1-11

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.

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.