Introduction

“And truly Jesus did many other signs
  in the presence of His disciples, which
  are not written in this book;  but these
  are written that you may believe that
  Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and
  that believing you may have life
  in His name.”- John (Jn 20:30-31)

There were about 35 miracles recorded within the gospel, 8 of these miracles are recorded in the gospel of John. Out of the 8, 7 were performed when Jesus is alive and 1 was performed after his resurrection.

But John gave 2 reasons for recording the miracles.

Firstly He hope that by reading them the audience will believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God. Jesus is the king that was promised by God in the Old Testament, he came so that those who believe in him can enter into the kingdom of God

For Isaiah once prophesied

“For unto us a Child is born,
  Unto us a Son is given;
  And the government will be upon His shoulder.
  And His name will be called
  Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
  Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
   Of the increase of His government and peace
  There will be no end,
  Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
  To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
  From that time forward, even forever.
  The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”- Isaiah (Is 9:6-7)

God will come in the form of flesh to establish this kingdom of God, and Jesus is that child, the true God in the flesh.

Secondly, John hope that by reading it we too can believe in him and receive eternal life through his name.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.”-Jesus (Jn 5:24-25)

The Importance Of Knowing Christ

We know that it is appointed for man to die once and after to face judgement (Heb 9:27). Everyone who sins will be judged and be sentence to everlasting death. Those who had their sin forgiven can enter into the kingdom of God. To Christians,  Eternal life is about staying forever with the Lord and to be at peace with him.

For we have all sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23-27). Even though a man can choose to stop sinning , he can choose to do good and be charitable in all that he does, he cannot atone for the sins he had already committed  For his past mistakes cannot  be wipe off just because he is now good and charitable.

Perhaps he may be rewarded for the good that he had done, but he still need to pay for the sins he had committed.

That is why sin can only be forgiven through Jesus, God chose to come in the form of flesh to suffer and be punished for our sin. That is why Jesus need to sacrifice so that those who believe can be forgiven and not come to judgement.

But the question is “How do we know that Jesus is indeed that God who came in the flesh, how can we be sure that he is the Christ?”

That is why John decided to share these miracles, proving that Jesus is indeed Christ.

The First Miracle At Cana


  
An Example Of A Stone Jug Used During The Jesus Time

The first miracle of Jesus is performed in Cana, it is recorded in Jn 2:7-11. In this miracle, Jesus turn water into wine. And John shared the effect that this miracle had on the disciples

“This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee,
  and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed
  in Him “- John (Jn 2:11)

I wonder what reaction we would have upon hearing this. For most marketing department will tell us that first impression last forever. That is why many would expect that the first miracle must be important, special and great.

But strangely, we regard changing water into wine as something insignificant and there is nothing special about it. We tend to see this as small comparing to healing the lame, the blind or raising the dead.

Even though a marriage feast that ran out of wine is a spoiler . But we have read that the guest had already drank much wine and it appears that the first miracle is pointless, insignificant and unnecessary. Yet we wonder, why did Jesus use his great power to deal with such a small issue.

But the answer to this lies in the question “Do we truly understand why are miracles performed in the first place?”

Why Is Miracles Performed In the First place?

John understood the purpose of Jesus turning water into wine, he said that Jesus “manifested His glory”. The purpose of Jesus performing miracles is not for the purpose of bringing benefits to man. Even though benefits did come alongside with the miracle.

The real purpose of Jesus miracles is that through the power demonstrated from the miracle one can know God. It is so that others will know that Jesus is indeed sent by God. God uses miracles as a channel for someone to know God and receive eternal life. 

But sadly, man often wanted to see miracles as a way to get benefits from God. They hope to reap physical benefit through miracles. They downgraded God to a miracle healer that provides mere physical benefits.

These people became uninterested in knowing Jesus nor do they want to worship him. Eternal life has no value to them, and the immediate benefits outweighs the need for eternal life.

Jesus once corrected the attitude of the Jews who followed him

“Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw
  the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.

   Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which
   endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you,
   because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”- Jesus (Jn 6:26-27)

These people followed Jesus after he fed 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fishes. These people even wanted to make Jesus king. For a king that can produce food will be useful. For his kingdom will never have to worry about famine, economy collapse.  Everyone will have food to eat for he can just create them out of thin air.

But Jesus simply said that he is not hear to make bread for everyone to eat, he wanted to give them eternal life.

So did we follow Christ so that we can reap physical benefits? Jesus wanted us to reconsider for he had eternal life that he wanted to give us

The Glory Of God In The Miracle At Cana

We recall the effect of that miracle on the disciple of Je sus

“This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee,
  and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed
  in Him “- John (Jn 2:11)

We know that the disciples believe that Jesus is the Christ through the glory of Christ manifested in the miracle. So what is that Glory?

We know that man can make wine from grapes, and Chinese could make wine from rice, but we are all aware that the process takes time and cannot occur instantly. This goes to show that this is supernatural power and one need to have the power to create in order for this to be done.

Man is a result of Gods creation (Gen 2:7) and God created man out of dust. Dust and human being are 2 different things with unique characteristic. So How can dust be made into a man?

In the eyes of man it is impossible, but with God everything is possible. For God has the power to create and he can make man out from dust. The idea of God making man out of dust seems crazy , and most man find it hard to believe, that is why many chose to believe that they evolved from apes and monkeys. Which they feel is more reasonable and possible.

But if we bring this idea into this miracle, we will find a lot of similarity . Water and wine is just as different as dust and man. Man had the power to make wine, but no one can turn water into wine immediately. For humans power of innovation and invention is limited by what God has already created.

Assuming that one day, man also claim that he had the ability to create man out from dust, they are still unable to create dust from nothing. Human beings are only capable to invent and modify things that God had already created, and they are not able to create something out of nothing.

This is why the first miracle manifested the glory of God. It allow the disciples to see the ability of Jesus to create things out of nothing. That is the glory of God, i tis the power of the creator and the power of God.

This is why the disciple saw this miracle and they believe   

Today as we read of this miracle in Cana let us choose to look beyond the wine that is created, let us open our eyes to the ability of Jesus to create things, for Jesus had the power to turn water into wine.

Jesus perform this miracle  to manifest his glory, Let us believe that he is God.

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