I would like to focus on the miracle at Cana in today’s essay. This was the first miracle that Jesus performed. Please read through the account before we go on:
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Now there were six stone water pots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him. When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom, and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him. (John 2:1-11)
I cannot tell you how many times I have heard people refer to and use this miracle as justification for a ‘Christians as partiers’ position. Not only is that a completely offensive and sophomoric notion, but it misses the point entirely.
So, what was the point? Jesus was demonstrating His power over creation. This was no small thing. We should take notice that the very first miracle He did was to reveal Himself as Creator.
- He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him (John 1:10)
- yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him. (1 Corinthians 8:6)
- For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:16)
- All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. (John 1:3)
And why does this show that He is over all creation and THE creator? I refer you back to the Biblical account above. One, the wine was created instantly. He had the servants pour water into the pots and then draw a bit out to taste and it was already wine. Not only was it instantly water to wine, but it was the best. Meaning mature. The process of making wine is time-consuming. The grapes need to grow, and then there is the process of fermentation. Yet Jesus was able in an instant to turn plain water into the best, matured wine.
This ability to create in an instant, wine that would in its natural progression take a considerable amount of time, has other implications for us. In my post on Monday, I touched on the issue of professing Christians insisting that orthodox Christianity is compatible with the theory of evolution. It is not. I explained in that article: The problem with evolution, aside from the outright denial of clear scriptural teaching to the contrary, is that evolution by definition would place death before the fall. Yet God says in His Word that death is the consequence and result of the fall (the rebellion of Adam and Eve in the garden).
Ponder this: Couldn’t Jesus, The Creator, who turned water into mature wine in an instant, have created the earth mature? The answer is yes. Yes He could. Yes He did.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:3)
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
He lays up the deeps in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast. (Psalm 33:6-9)
Soli Deo Gloria!