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Weddings & Miracles
by Elaine Pierce
Who doesn't love a wedding celebration? You might not love getting dressed up; you might be unhappy with some of the family drama that often takes place beforehand (and during - yikes!) but you can't help but smile when the bride and groom walk down the aisle after reciting their vows promising to love and cherish one another. It's a new beginning, and the day is filled with promise and joy.
Jesus chose a wedding to perform his first miracle. To run out of wine would have been a great social embarrassment to the family hosting the wedding. Jesus' mother tells the servants to do 'whatever Jesus tells you to do.' The servants witness this miracle firsthand. When they bring the water changed to wine to the master of the banquet, he is amazed that they have saved the best wine for last. At this point, only the servants know how this wine was produced.
Jesus' disciples also witness this miracle, and John tells us that 'He [Jesus] thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.' (John 2:11).
Weddings in Jesus' time were important events, often lasting up to a week with several celebrations. Weddings today continue to be significant milestones in our lives and the lives of our family and friends. Jesus chose a joyful, feast-filled event for his first miracle. Jesus is not relegated to the 'spiritual' part of our life. Jesus is part of our weekdays and weekends, not just our Sunday worship. The guests at the wedding continued to celebrate and enjoy the finest wine because Jesus made it so.
Where do you need 'the best wine?' Do you have tasteless water that needs to be transformed into wine? Where in your life do you need to ask Jesus to bring celebration back? Watch for his presence every day. He longs to give you the best wine. All you have to do is ask, and do what he says.
Thank you, Lord, for your presence. You long to bring joy and celebration to my life. Help me to taste and see that you are good. Forgive me when I stray. Thank you for your grace and forgiveness. Amen.