We’re entering week 3 of our Miracles series, focusing on Jesus turning water into wine. This miracle is life-giving version of a judgment miracle from the Old Testament. Read of for the details in this week’s announcements article.
Thus says the Lord, “By this you shall know that I am the Lord: behold, with the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water that is in the Nile, and it shall turn into blood. Exodus 7:17
This was the first of 10 plagues that God would visit on Egypt through the hands of Moses. They were words (and signs) of judgment upon Pharaoh for his refusal to let God’s people leave. The resulting chain of events would lead to God’s people escaping through the Red Sea and forever be burned into their minds.
1,500 years later, Jesus begins His public ministry in Cana, when His mother observes that the wedding they are attending is out of wine. Jesus turns water into wine, a gift for the newly weds, saving them from the embarrassment of not having enough for their guests.
This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. John 2:11
This miracle set in motion a new chain of events that would lead to the salvation of God’s people. Unlike the first, this process begins with grace, not judgment. This chain reveals Christ’s glory. It brings life to those who trust in Jesus, regardless of their nationality. This chain brings hope and joy, not condemnation.
The disciples witnessed what happened that day and believed in Jesus as a result. But it wasn’t just for them. It was for you that Jesus started this chain. His goal was to bring salvation to you. It is His gift of grace and hope and joy for you.