On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
How often in life do we settle for second best or are we asked to accept something offered as a solution more in hope than expectation? Maybe we’re happy with things that way as we’re able to appreciate the eventual solution all the more when it comes. Maybe, on the other hand, if you’re like me, you’d prefer an effective solution in the first place, one that is expected to work without the wasted resources and opportunities, not to mention the possible unnecessary suffering along the way.
Jesus was aware there was a problem to solve. People at a joyous occasion of a wedding were thirsty and the hosts will have been feeling embarrassed. The previous wine offering had been perfectly acceptable as far as it went but what Jesus ‘brought to the party’ was in a different league.
As Christians, why do we let those around us go about their lives in their own way in the hope that they’ll be OK, whilst keeping to ourselves the real light, love and joy that relationship with Jesus brings?
Gracious God, help us to appreciate everything You have done for us, particularly Your gift of Light, Love and Joy that is Jesus Christ. Help us to share the Good News of Jesus at the earliest opportunity, rather than as a last resort. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Jeff Newall, Lay Preacher, Christ the Vine Community Church, Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes.