John 2:1-12 presents to us the first of many miracles the Lord Jesus did while He was about His earthly ministry. This event in history teaches so many things to us, things that if we apply to our own lives, we would benefit so much from.
Here are a few things we can learn from Jesus' first miracle, the turning of water into wine in a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Let's talk about them and see how we can apply them into our lives.
1) Jesus was invited
The very first thing we would notice in this passage is why the Lord Jesus was there. In John 2:2 we read,
"Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding."
Here's the important thing here: Jesus was invited. The very first miracle that He did, He did because He was invited into the lives of the people who benefited from it: the couple who were being wed.
Friends, if we need a miracle from the Lord, we will need to call on Him. We will need to invite Him. We can't expect Him to make a miracle that we will notice if we won't even give Him room in our lives.
2) He was told the problem
Next, aside from inviting Christ Jesus into our daily lives, we should make sure to tell Him what we need. In John 2:3, we read,
"And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine.""
Notice how the miracle happened in a moment of lack. How many times have we Christians felt like God didn't give us what we needed or what we longed for? Well, have we ever told Him what we needed in the first place? Or did we just expect Him to give us what we needed without even asking Him? James 4:2 tells us, "...you do not have because you do not ask."
The Lord Jesus Himself promised us in John 14:12-14,
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it."
3) What He does will always surpass what we can do
Towards the end of the account, John tells us that what Jesus did from plain water surpassed the wines that the bridegroom himself prepared. Upon tasting the wine that Jesus made, the master of the feast told the bridegroom,
"Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!" (see John 2:10)
The master of the feast was wonderfully surprised. The bridegroom didn't even know how that happened. But we all know: Jesus turned water into wine.
Friends, Jesus can and always will surpass all that we can do. Whether it's striving to live a holy life, serving Him in ministry, doing service to others, or simply taking care of our own families, Jesus can and will help us do better than what we could possibly do ourselves.