Ministry Kick-Off: Lessons in Wine Making

My hour has not yet come.  Jesus knew exactly how his public ministry was supposed to unfold, and he was very deliberate with his movements, miracles, and discipleship of the Apostles in order to establish the Church based on his life, death, and resurrection…

1 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, 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.
John 2:1-11

Jesus didn’t really want this to be his ministry kick-off.  Yet another example of how God can make things work out for good for those who love him and are called according to his purposes (Romans 8:28).  Mary was quite familiar with Jesus’ wine making skills.  Maybe it was like my haircuts.

Ever since my daughter became a hair stylist, I get free haircuts.  We have a deal.  Maybe it was like that.  “If I am going to have Messiah in my house, I better get free wine, Jesus…  We shall always have enough food for all the people we invite over, and we shall persevere through every flu season without incident.  C’mon, Jesus, I know you can do it.  Remember, I’m your Mama.  I wiped your bum and your nose.  Remember?”

Mary knew his capabilities, and so she enacted them at the wedding reception.  And Jesus did what he was going to do anyway (perhaps using a different miracle).  He revealed his glory and he engaged the faith of his disciples.

Mission accomplished.

And not just for that day.  Jesus revealed his glory for all time and every person who reads this story is engaged in a faith journey with respect to the Lord.  We cannot read of his miracles without being confronted with his identity as Messiah – the Christ.

This is just the start.  Miracle after miracle, Jesus will show us that he is who he says he is.  Buckle up…


Marc Kinna

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