The First Miracle

Here is a Bible study I did for the youth group a couple weeks ago. Read, if you want to and you have time.

The First Miracle of Jesus- John 2:1-12

Recap of Last Bible Study: We talked about the balance of salvation, how God’s sovereignty balanced with our responsibility. We looked at the story of how Phillip and Nathaniel became disciple of Christ. Even though Phillip says, “We found Christ”, we realize that it was actually Christ who found him first. And with Nathaniel, how he made a choice to investigate Christ, but in reality Christ saw him under a tree before they met. We talked about how even though God is sovereign, that things aren’t automatic. We need to breathe and run the race, and we talked about how reading the Bible and praying were equivalent to breathing and running. I left you guys with the encouragement of doing it, knowing the Christ is the one doing it.

This week we are going to be looking at the first miracle of Christ. Can anyone tell me what the first miracle of Christ was? Very good. Changing water into wine. Before we start, can anyone give any reason why Jesus would turn water into wine? The answer can be found in verse 11, let me read that for us:

This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.

This was the point of this miracle. For his glory to be manifested, and for his disciples to believe in him. I want you guys to keep that in mind as we are going through Jesus’ First Miracle.

Let’s read John 2:1-11

Verses 1-3: We see that the Jesus, his mother and disciples were all invited to the wedding. We don’t know for certain, but perhaps this was a relative or close friend of the family. Mary comes to Jesus and says, “They have no wine.” Why do you think Mary went to Jesus and said that they don’t have wine? Before I go on, let me say that running out of wine at a wedding was a big deal. First of all, it was embarrassing to the groom, who was in charge of paying for the wedding. Interestingly, a bride’s family could actually sue the groom’s family for not providing enough at the wedding. Imagine you were at a party and your mom comes up to you and says, “They are out of chicken.” It’s like, “What do you want me to do mom, go down to Publix and go get some chicken?” What’s the point?

I think she was telling him so that he could do something about the situation. Mary was aware that he son was special, and I don’t think that she has forgotten what happened before he was born. I’m going to read from Luke 1:29-33

But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

So maybe Mary was like, “Well the angel said he would be great and all this stuff, so maybe he can hook us up with some wine.” Was this a reasonable request from her? Was she asking too much? I don’t think so. She saw a need, was probably good friends with the people getting married, and it would have been embarrassing for them to run out of wine. So, if you think there’s a chance your special son can help, why not ask, right? What was Jesus’ response?

Read Verse 4: Why does Jesus respond this way? The literal translation of what Jesus is saying is, “What (is that) to Me and to you, woman? My hour has not come yet.” Now, just to clear things up, Jesus was not being rude when he called his mom “woman”. However, I don’t suggest you go home and start calling your mom “woman”, probably not a good idea.

The reason why Jesus called his mother “woman”: Jesus was on a mission on earth. He had things that he needed to do on earth. When he calls his mother “woman”, he is distancing himself from her. He wanted to establish himself not as her son, but as the Messiah and Son of God. Jesus wanted to show that he was not doing this miracle for her sake, but rather for his sake, for God’s sake. God did it for His Glory. Remember verse 11, the one we read before.

This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.

Christ is performing this miracle not because his mom asked him to, and not to help out the groom, ultimately, his mother’s request would be granted and the groom would be helped, but the main purpose for doing this miracle was to show his glory. When God does things in our lives, good things, even though we benefit from them, even though we think, “Wow, God did this for me”, ULTIMATELY, it is for God to show his glory. I’ll talk about this some more later.

Read Verse 6: Mary responds in a surprising way. This is how Charles Spurgeon put it: “You can easily picture how Mary took it. She knew Christ’s gentleness, his infinite love, how for thirty years there had never come anything from him that had grieved her spirit. So she drank in the reproof, and gently shrank back, thinking much more than she said”. Mary’s attitude is one we should all have. “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Wouldn’t it be great if we could have that attitude with Christ? Not questioning it. Just doing whatever Christ told us. Of course, now Christ speaks differently to us now. He speaks to us through the word of God. Whatever it says, do it.

Let’s take a look at what Christ tells the servants to do

Read Verse 7-8: He tells them to fill the waterpots with water. This is an interesting command. Imagine if you were a servant and you overheard some of what was going on. You know that there is no more wine at the wedding and you overheard Mary telling Christ there was no more wine, and now Mary tells you to do whatever Christ says. So, Christ tells you to fill water into waterpots. “Huh? Christ did I miss something here? We are out of wine and you’re telling me to fill waterpots with water? This makes absolutely no sense at all. We are out of wine, not out of water. And do you know what those waterpots are for? They are for ceremonial cleansing. This is definitely not helping the situation. This is definitely not helping us get more wine. I don’t know what you are doing, Christ.” But, they followed Christ’s commands. They obeyed even though they may have felt like it was pointless, or that they weren’t accomplishing anything. And what happened?
Read Verse 9-10: The water turned to wine. There will be times when we don’t think what Christ commands is what we need to do. We can’t see the point of it. It’s like the servants. We need wine, why are we filling this jug with water? But, Christ knows what we need and we just need to obey him, and in his timing and in his way, things will work out for our good. Let’s talk about the master of the feast for a second. According to some of the commentaries I have read, this guy could be the head waiter, or a guest chosen to preside over the banquet. Anyways, this guy gets wine from the servants and tastes it, and he is like , “Wow, this is really good wine!” Since the groom is in charge of paying for everything, he is like,”Wow, this is great wine. I gotta get the guy who is in charge out here, and congratulate him on some awesome wine.” He calls the groom and in front of everyone declares, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

But, who really supplied the wine? It wasn’t the groom. It was Christ. What the master of the feast is saying is this is how the world works. They bring you the best stuff first, and then, once that got you in, they sucked you dry and gave you the worst stuff at the end. This is how our world works. Instant gratification now, then you pay the consequences. Isn’t that how sin works? So pleasing to the eye and so good looking and you want it. It reminds me of the Turkish Delights in Chronicles of Narnia. Edmond, he sees these treats. And they are so good. But afterwards what happened? There were no more treats. Sin takes you in with promises of pleasure and leaves you with nothing but remorse. But how is God different? God saves the best for last. While all the other wedding hosts bring the best win first, then after everyone is drunk the cheap wine, Christ brings the best last. This is true in our lives as Chrsitians. We don’t have everything now. But if we follow Christ, he promises to give us the best in the end, which is God, in heaven. How awesome is that?

Read Hebrews 11:13-16.

Look past sin, to the joy of your life later.

And all this was done for what? Verse 11 again.


2 Comments on “The First Miracle”

  1. diana says:

    that really blessed me!!! thank you!!!!

  2. shola says:

    hello im shola by name. i will like too put my hope too god. this website i will like too join. may god be with you all.

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