What do you think of when someone mentions a miracle?
Perhaps you think about a child and the miracle of growth and change that occurs within a short period of time.
I challenge you to think about the first miracle of Christ found in John 2. It was not the only miracle, but the first. Many miracles came after this one.
Miracles take place during exams. Ravi Zacharias says that as long as there is math, there will be prayer in school.
When you think of a miracle, you may think of recovering from an accident, passing an exam and many other experiences. You can’t always plan or schedule a miracle because they come in various places; at an alter call, or praying. But you don’t expect it at a wedding where everything is planned.
Imagine when you plan a wedding the many invitations you send to your friends and family. How many times do we invite Christ to be a part of our everyday lives?
Miracles often come when you have a lot of problems. In our problems we understand miracles. We like to avoid problems, but they will come. What do we do then? We sometimes get spiritual when problems arise. If we invite him during good times, we don’t have to wonder where He is during bad times.
After Mary comes to Jesus to report there is no more wine, Jesus responds as recorded in John 2:4:
“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.”
Mary did not have to get involved, but she did. Jesus and the disciples were invited, perhaps she was not even on the invitation list. When Jesus responds to her he calls her “woman” and infers “why are you bothering me?” You might find his response rude, but He simply wants to see how desperate they are. He responds that His hour has not yet come.
If you ask someone “do you have a lawnmower?” and they respond “Please don’t ask me that”, he’s not going to loan you one. You probably would not ask again.
Sometimes the reason we don’t ask God multiple times about things we are concerned about is that we treat God as another human being. God does not worry about hurting your feelings. He is God!
John 2:5: “His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”
The world is looking for translators like Mary. When Jesus turned her off, she pointed the servants to simply obey Him.
His hour will come when we become obedient to Him. We tempt God through some of prayers. We try to make deals with Him or try to trick Him, but the answer from God will come only after we are obedient to Him.
Like Nike’s slogan we need to “Just Do It!”
John 2:6: “And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.”
When I was a child I did not own a new pair of pants until I was in the seventh grade. They cost 300 rupees and my Dad only received 10 rupees a month as his salary. I knew I could not ask for a new pair of pants.
T.W. Terrell, a friend of the ministry, send me two pair of pants. Both pairs of pants were for Sam Thomas. They came from J.C. Penney. My Dad told me I had to write a thank you note, which I did. Then Dad told me I had to give one pair of the pants to my friend. I decided I would give him the black pair of pants because the blue pair went with each of the three shirts I owned. I gave them reluctantly, but was obedient to my Dad.
Later a package came addressed to me. We never got packages, but since the package was sent to me, I had to go sign for it. There were 58 boxes of clothes and it took me a week to try them all on.
I’m convinced that the packages came only after I obeyed my Dad to give the pair of pants to my friend. The hour will never come for us unless we obey Him.
When the wine was replenished at this wedding Jesus attended, it was better than the first. Usually the best wine is served first. That was not their experience at this wedding.
When we serve Christ, we become an aroma to people around us. Christ can transform our lives so that others enjoy our presence.
Water has no color. It has no taste or smell. On the other hand, wine has color. It has both taste and aroma. When you come to Christ, he can change you like He changed the water to wine.
Let Him change you today.
Psalm 34:8: “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”