Yesterday, I said that weddings have “oh no” and “ahh”” moments. In Cana, the “oh no” was clear. No more wine.
The “ahh” moment was, well, there were two of them. The most obvious one was evident to everyone at the wedding reception. After a brief interruption, someone found “the good stuff”. As far as anyone knew, the pitchers had been accidentally put in the wrong place, the wrong shelf, behind the supplies for the barbecue lamb.
The master of ceremonies proposed a toast, the guest cheered, the party went on.
The less obvious “ah” moment may have started when the bridegroom said, “But there wasn’t any ‘good stuff’. Not that good.” It was echoed when the servants who had filled the thirty-gallon clay jars with water said to each other, “when did that water turn into wine?”
But the wonder was fully appreciated by a small group of people who had arrived at this family celebration with Jesus. They had heard him teach and were impressed. He had told them things that suggested insights into the religious law and the meaning of life that no one they knew had.
On this day, they heard other words, words that made changes to the natural world. After hearing Mary say to the servants, “do what Jesus tells you”, John and his friends heard Jesus tell the servants to fill the jars with water. He didn’t move. He just told them to do it. Then they heard him tell the servants to take a container of water to the master of ceremonies. He didn’t move. He just told them to do it. Then John and his friends heard the MC talking to the groom about the amazing wine.
Jesus never moved. Jesus only spoke. And stuff physically changed.
As John writes, “This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.”