Water into wine redux

Jesus’ first sign (or miracle) is recounted in John 2:1-11. At the Cana wedding, the host ran out of wine prematurely during the wedding celebration. Jesus demonstrates his ability to change, to redefine, to replace the mundane with the fantastic by changing water into wine. In the same way, our belief in Him moves us from death to life through His grace.

As I was reading this passage last night, one particular aspect was impressed on me. Verses 9 and 10 say:

…the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

I emphasized two phrases from these verses. Although the banquet master did not know the wine was from Jesus, he did realize that it was not normal, that it was something special. We can carry this assurance with us as well. When we demonstrate the grace and love of Jesus Christ in our interactions with others, I am convinced that they will see it as something special. Even if they do not know it is from Jesus, they will recognize its power. They will be attracted to this special “wine” and will want more. That will open the door for you to share your story, your testimony of God’s grace.

Show Jesus’ love to everyone around you and see how many come to you asking for the “best” that they have not tasted before!


About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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