Day 3 – (March 8, 2019)
1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9 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 10 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.” 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Israel’s prophets foretold the day when God himself would live with his people in a land of peace and plenty. In that day, new wine would be flowing from the mountains and hills (see Amos 9:13-15; Jeremiah 31:1; Isaiah 25:6-8). Jesus’ act of turning water into wine in Cana, Galilee, was a sign of his being God in the flesh. No one but God could do it. With each jar filled to the brim, such abundance gives us a glimpse of God’s ultimate plan for peace and plenty.
Verse 11 tells us that Jesus’ first followers saw God’s handiwork in this remarkable event. And so they began to trust in Jesus as God’s messiah. Coming to know him better, they eventually understood that the messianic age in all its fullness and glory had not yet completely arrived. The same is true today. We still live in the tension of what is and what will be, the nowand the not yet. The wine at the wedding was not where God would start and stop; rather, God had a bigger plan to be worked out that would involve Jesus’ death and resurrection. We now live on the other side of this. With Jesus’ resurrection, we have now seen the dawn. But the fullness of the final day is still to come. Let’s pray that by the grace of God we will be ready for it.
Lord Christ, eternal Word and Light of the Father’s glory: send your light and your truth so that we may both know and proclaim your word of life, to the glory of God the Father; for you now live and reign, God for all eternity. Amen.(1978 AAPB, A Prayer for the Gospel)
Daily Reading Plan
Read John 2:1-25