Sunday, 3 January 2021
Title : Miracle at Cana
By elder Bryan Lee. 李惠隆
1 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.
2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.
3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”
4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.
8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it.
9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom
10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.”
11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
My wife and I were in Cana in November 2017 during our trip to Israel. Couples were renewing their vows in that church in Cana. Wine shops were doing rousing business. Everyone wanted to buy a bottle of wine from Cana because it was here that Jesus did his first miracle , turning water into good wine.
The first eleven verses of John chapter two is a narrative of a wedding at Cana, a small town to the west of the Sea of Galilee. Mary the mother of Jesus was there. So were Jesus and his disciples. In the midst of feasting and toasting, the wine ran out and Mary told Jesus, “they have no wine”. Mary not only told Jesus that the wine had run out but also told the servants to “do whatever He tells you”. Obviously as a mother she knew Jesus was no ordinary human being. She knew Jesus could save a disastrous situation.
There were six stone jars in the vicinity and each could hold 20-30 gallons of water, and in the Jewish culture, the water was used for the purpose of ablution. So this water was obviously not for drinking.
The instructions by Jesus were dutifully obeyed.
“Fill them up with water.”
“Draw some out and take it to the chief steward.”
And non drinkable water turned to drinkable wine…good wine.
I want to pass you 2 important points from this narrative:
Firstly invite Jesus into your situation.
Miracles happen whenever Jesus is invited. Perhaps the greatest miracle that can happen to anyone is when we invite Jesus into our lives as Lord and Savior. (But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, – John 1:12). I did that 47 years ago and God is good all the time. If you want that miracle, invite Jesus into your life.
We live in a broken world. And we are affected by all the brokenness around us. One day, life can be very good; the next day, the worst can happen.
But in the ups and downs of life, if you consistently invite Jesus into your situation just as he was invited in that wedding in Cana, God will save the day just as Jesus saved the day in that situation when the wine ran out.
When life is hard, don’t quit…invite Jesus.
When your spouse betrays you, invite Jesus.
When sickness hits you, invite Jesus.
When you are losing your job, invite Jesus.
When your family is in turmoil, invite Jesus.
When you are losing sleep, invite Jesus.
Facing financial problems? Invite Jesus.
I am not saying Jesus will bring you a bag of money (although miracle can happen), but more likely He will give us wisdom to resolve the problem.
What crisis are you facing in this pandemic? Invite Jesus.
And secondly do whatever He tells you.
In verse 5 of this narrative, Jesus’ mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”
When the servants obeyed Jesus to draw water from the stone jars and brought it to the chief steward, the water turned to very good wine.
After tasting the wine he said,
“Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” (v10)
Whenever Jesus is invited into your situation and you do what he tells you, only good things can happen. Jesus is God and God is good and God is omnipotent. This means God has the power to do good and especially to those who love him and are called according to His purpose. (Rom 8:28)
Invite Jesus and do whatever He tells you and you will see your “water turning to good wine”, you will experience a miracle from the Lord.
Lord, thank You that You are the good and all powerful God who helps me journey through this broken world. All who are weary and heavy laden can come to You and find rest.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
约2:1-11 第三日，在加利利的迦拿有娶亲的筵席，耶稣的母亲在那里。 2 耶稣和他的门徒也被请去赴席。 3 酒用尽了，耶稣的母亲对他说：“他们没有酒了。” 4 耶稣说：“母亲，我与你有什么相干？我的时候还没有到。” 5 他母亲对用人说：“他告诉你们什么，你们就做什么。” 6 照犹太人洁净的规矩，有六口石缸摆在那里，每口可以盛两三桶水。 7 耶稣对用人说：“把缸倒满了水。”他们就倒满了，直到缸口。 8 耶稣又说：“现在可以舀出来，送给管筵席的。”他们就送了去。 9 管筵席的尝了那水变的酒，并不知道是哪里来的，只有舀水的用人知道。管筵席的便叫新郎来， 10 对他说：“人都是先摆上好酒，等客喝足了才摆上次的，你倒把好酒留到如今！” 11 这是耶稣所行的头一件神迹，是在加利利的迦拿行的，显出他的荣耀来，他的门徒就信他了。
当仆人服从耶稣，从石缸里取水，送给管筵席的，水就变成了上等好酒。 品完酒后，他说道：“人都是先摆上好酒，等客喝足了才摆上次的，你倒把好酒留到如今！” (10节)
祈祷： 主啊，谢谢你，你是良善而伟大的上帝，在这破碎的世界之旅，恳求主帮助我。所有疲惫不堪、沉重的人都可以在你里面得享安息。 奉耶稣的名祷告，阿门。