Jesus Turns Water into Wine: When You Need to Know What God Can Do
I am about to head into something very hard, and while I should be excited, I feel anxiety and fear. A friend reminded me that Jesus turns water into wine, and that got me to thinking: Could he, wouldn’t he, make something good out of the bad?
Jesus and his disciples had been at a wedding celebration, and midway through, the hosts ran out of wine. This was unheard of and highly embarrassing. We don’t really know a lot about Mary, the mother of Jesus, but we see her compassion and also fortitude in this account! She feels the pain of the hosts and knows Jesus can resolve this situation, and so she makes his miracle-working abilities a little too public a little too soon. Might she have been a fixer? Ha! I knew there was a woman in the Bible I could relate to!
What had Mary seen her son do as she was raising him to indicate he could make something good out of this embarrassing lack of wine? It’s not like parents today would go to their sons or daughters to change water into wine! There was something different about what Mary had seen and what she knew Jesus could do.
What Did Mary Know?
I picture Mary burning supper one night, the pungent smell of charred fish filling their little abode. Did Jesus restore the meal to its pre-burnt state? That would be an awesome solution for those nights when I set off the smoke alarms with my culinary efforts!
Or had one of his brothers skinned his knee and had Jesus healed the owie? No need for a stash of Band-Aids in that Nazareth home!
I once borrowed a tiny bit of almond extract from a neighbor to complete a recipe. Had Jesus provided a pinch of mustard seed or a half cup of milk when Mary hadn’t made it to the market in time?
Her child was special, and while angels appearing at his birth would have been one obvious indication, so other characteristics would have confirmed his place in the godhead, his uniqueness among all peoples of the earth, as he was growing up.
The Bible doesn’t tell us these details, but Mary knew something! She knew Jesus could take a bad situation and make it right — and not only right but so much better than anyone could have imagined!
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.” (John 2:9-10 ESV)
When You Need a Water-into-Wine Miracle
Do you find yourself in a rough spot? Are things looking bleaker than you expected?
Did you know that changing water into wine involved an entire change in the molecular makeup of the water? It’s not like Jesus added some food coloring or a teaspoon of salt. No, he changed the atomic structure of the liquid — a feat that required a staggering amount of energy and indicated “a mastery of natural law far beyond our current comprehension.” (See the section with Extra Info!)
That’s what I need him to do for me. I keep asking Jesus to change bits and pieces: mold my heart, make things easier, or change an attitude. But what if he changed the whole molecular structure of a situation for the better? Like water into wine. Ah ha. That would be one fantastic outcome — more than I could ask or imagine! That is how I am going to try to start praying.
When has God shown up in ways you did not expect? How has he worked something good in your life that you could not have pictured? Can you imagine that he can do it again in this new thing you are facing?
Jesus, who turns water into wine, is faithful and true.
It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV)
Digging Deeper: Jesus Turns Water into Wine
For further reflection, ponder these questions. If you have time, journal your responses and talk with God about them.
1. Read the account of Jesus turning water into wine in John 2:1-11 and notice all the good things that happened in this account. Write them down or circle them. The passage is printed for you below.
2. When has God made something very good out of a difficult situation in your life? Recall the depth of the difficulty and the joy of God’s goodness.
3. How does recalling God’s goodness in the past — his turning water into wine — help you for your current prayer concerns?
John 2:1-11 (ESV)
On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 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 10 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.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
Extra Info! The Science Behind Turning Water into Wine
I highly recommend this fascinating article by Dr. Cliff Lewis on the science of Jesus turning water into wine. Dr. Lewis writes:
“Jesus really did change the water into wine, thus revealing his glory. At a molecular level, the water, basically hydrogen and oxygen, was changed into wine that contains sugars, yeast, and water, which contain carbon and nitrogen along with oxygen and hydrogen. Thus, by changing water into wine Jesus demonstrated his authority over even the atomic structure of atoms by commanding oxygen and hydrogen atoms to disassemble and reform into other atoms of different configurations.
“The amount of energy it would take to perform this atomic deconstruction and reconstruction is staggering. . . . To do so without any visible energy transformation of the liquid (John does not say anything about people noticing the transformation) indicates a mastery of natural law far beyond our current comprehension. And he accomplished it with no physical exertion.
“With this single act Jesus proves that the basic forces in nature are at his command and control.”
Also, see the Extra Info in this article on the miracle of water into wine for an interpretation of this miracle as a proclamation of the messianic age.
Praise and Worship: Jesus Turns Water into Wine
There’s nothing like praise to bring you into the presence of the Lord and wipe away your worries! Sing, dance to, or hum these song!
Beautiful Things (Gungor)
Mighty to Save (Reuben Morgan, sung by many!)
Counting Every Blessing (Rend Collective)Print