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Drinking the Good Stuff

John 2:1-11 Common English Bible (CEB)


Wedding at Cana

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They don’t have any wine.”

Jesus replied, “Woman, what does that have to do with me? My time hasn’t come yet.”

His mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby were six stone water jars used for the Jewish cleansing ritual, each able to hold about twenty or thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water,” and they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some from them and take it to the headwaiter,” and they did. The headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine. He didn’t know where it came from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew.

The headwaiter called the groom and said, “Everyone serves the good wine first. They bring out the second-rate wine only when the guests are drinking freely. You kept the good wine until now.” This was the first miraculous sign that Jesus did in Cana of Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

This story has many of my favorite things … Jesus, miracles, a party, mother-knowing-best, and 180 gallons of good wine!

But one of my favorite parts of all is who Jesus reveals his miracle to — the servants. It’s another example of how the people who are important in the story aren’t necessarily always the richest, the coolest, or the ones with the most influence. A few weeks ago, we heard about the shepherds being the first to hear about baby Jesus, and just like them, the servants were trusted with knowing about the miracle of the wine.

I love that! It’s so reassuring to know that even if we don’t have buckets of money or loads of influence, God has an important job for us. Just last week it would be easy for a man in a broken-down truck (that he lives in) to pass a nice car stuck on side of the road because he might think, “that man is wealthy, he’ll have someone important to help him, he won’t want my help.” But instead the man with little helped the man with a lot, and it became a national story that many have been inspired by.

We are ALL a vital part of God’s story and we have much to give, regardless of what we bring to the table. And when we hang with Jesus, we get to drink the good stuff.

Emily Nelson Dixon
Director of Teen Ministries and Outreach


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