Should the changing of water into wine be called Mary’s miracle?
When the Mother of Jesus (John never refers to her as Mary) tells Jesus that their host has run out of wine, he objects saying: “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.”
But she ignores his objection, demonstrating her trust that he can accomplish all things, and tells the servants: “Do whatever he tells you.”
What might we also accomplish if we could thoroughly trust Jesus to order our life’s circumstances? For Jesus does not stop with changing a little water into wine. He does not stop with just enough so the party can come to a reasonable end. He changes about 150 gallons of water into wine, enough for 4,000 servings!
The host for this dinner did like most would for a large party, he had served an adequate wine. One that people would readily drink (they did run out), but when compared with a great wine, the better would clearly stand out. Jesus did not give more of this adequate wine, even though the palates of many of those present might have been numbed by the host’s wine, he gave them a wine clearly better than adequate.
Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church again held a no audition, no rehearsal Christmas pageant, trusting that God would provide children to fill all of the parts, and that we would have costumes for every child who came. The “animals” danced with joy, the “angels” and “shepherds” watched in awe, and the “magi” brought gifts to “Mary” and “Joseph”. All resulting in a worship service that was more than adequate, and involved far more children than normally attend worship.
How might you trust God to provide an abundance in your future?
Bring your dinner to our discussion of John 2:1-11 at 6 pm on Wednesday, January 13th. I will have more to say about this passage on Sunday, January 17th, at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
Robert Shaw, Pastor