In John 2.1-11 we see a set-up, a reveal, a response, and then John goes so far as to give us the reason for this miracle, this wonder, John explains the sign.
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.
Did you catch it? John writes that this is the beginning of the period in time where Jesus performed signs (This, the first of his signs…). When he uses this word, signs (σημεῖον) – and this is important as we move through these events – it means
a sign, a mark, token, by which anything is known or distinguished…evidence [of something]
There is always a method and a meaning to the miracle,
there is always a system to the sign.
Here, John makes it plain for all to see, Jesus manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. Jesus turned water into wine to show His glory and to bring people to faith, specifically here the disciples present, but, bigger picture, you, me, and us. “This particular miracle signifies that there is a transforming power associated with Jesus.” (Morris).
- This was a miracle of transformation from the old ways of law, ceremony, and purification to the new life available through Jesus.
Of course, so I read, the disciples believed before, but now their belief was deepened and re-expressed. This is typical in the Christian life. God does great things in our lives, and we believe in Him all over again.
Charles Spurgeon said this,
Let us see to it that we also share in the faith which the marvels of our Lord are designed to produce.
Note, that the guests at that feast all partook of the wine, but the disciples at that feast had something far better; they had an increase of faith.
An increase of faith is better than all the dainties of a feast. Others ate and drank; but these men saw God in Christ Jesus manifesting His glory.
If we read John word for word here, the disciples believed right into Jesus, more intimately than before. By His own will He did this; no tools, no tricks, just His will. They believed into Him more and more deeply and intimately than before because they saw this.
It is one thing to believe in Him, another to believe Him, even more to believe on Him but to believe right into Him is challenging, blissful, and restful. Some people think that they will come to Jesus when they have a need, but He wants to be in every facet and aspect and area of your life; weddings, day to day, times of plenty, times of shortage, and everything in between.
Believe in Him, believe Him, believe on Him, and right now believe yourself into Him in a deeper, more intimate way than ever before and experience the better, fuller, grander, nobler, holier and more God-like life and joy He brings. Like the disciples here, let us take John 2.1-11 as a text that points to the compassionate, joy-bringing, glory of God available to us through the person and work of Jesus, and as for the disciples, let this deepen your faith in Him and believe in Him all over again.