On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
As we have been exploring on this blog, Advent is centered on the expectation of God revealing himself to us through Jesus. As the writer to the Hebrews would remind us, while in the past God spoke to us through the prophets, in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son. Through Jesus, we see God clearer than before.
On Tuesdays in Advent here, we have been looking at the Gospel of John and seeing how the Lord makes things known to us. He makes God known to us. He makes ourselves known to us. And now we see that he knows our needs.
Looking at the passage again, the wine (not grape juice) ran out at the party. Mary nudged Jesus into action and we see that Jesus’ first recorded miracle in John was turning water into wine.
This action was a sign (2:11), something used to point others beyond the miracle itself. It was used to point to the power of Jesus and to communicate that he knew the needs of those at this party. Hosting a wedding and running out of wine within that culture was a large embarrassment to the host. I picture the scene in my mind playing out with Jesus almost nonchalantly telling the servants what to do and then smiling when the party resumed.
Jesus knew the needs of the people of the party and met those needs.
Notice how Jesus did not condemn the people at the party for drinking wine, but instead chose to provide for them. God also provides for our needs when we drink the wine at Eucharist (Communion), recalling the life giving promise at the Last Supper.
Dear reader, God knows our needs. He knows our desires. Even when it seems like he does not care, I would wager that he does. Pour out your heart to him, pour out your desires to God. Sometimes he seems silent or that he takes forever to respond, as I wrote elsewhere, but try it anyways. You might be surprised at what you might find.
Do you have a story when God provided for your needs?