For most at that wedding, they never knew what happened. The honored couple had no idea . . . the guests had no idea . . . not even the “wedding planner,” though he recognized something unusual, knew what had happened. Except for a few conscripted servants, and a few called disciples, it went unnoticed. The glory of Messiah had been manifest . . . and most never knew what happened. Oh, don’t let me miss the glory!
In John 2, we read that Jesus, along with His disciples, was invited to a wedding. And, as was the ancient Jewish custom, this would have been a days long affair. The celebration extending beyond just a 45 minute ceremony, a dinner, and perhaps a few hours of celebration. This wedding which Jesus attended went on and on. And eventually supplies started running low . . . including the wine.
And Jesus, though His hour had not yet come to “go public” (2:4), determines to intervene in the most practical of ways.
Now, as Creator (John 1:3, Col. 1:16, Heb 1:2), Jesus had, in a sense, invented wine-making. The turning of water into wine through the agricultural and fermentation processes was of His design. But at this time and in this place the Word made flesh, God incarnate, chose to bypass the natural process. It was the “first of His signs” (2:11) . . . the first of many miracles which would attest to Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah . . . the first demonstration of His divinity . . . the first illustration of Him as the Author of Life . . . the first indication of Him as the Source of Joy . . . the first application of His grace and compassion for those He came to save. And, in turning the water into wine, John writes, Jesus “manifested His glory” (2:11).
Yet most were unaware of it.
To be fair, it was by design. Jesus purposefully worked behind the scenes. Far from making a major production of it, He had the servants fill the six twenty-gallon stone jars with water . . . and then had those same servants draw the wine out of those same jars. The master of the feast didn’t know where this fine wine had come from . . . the bridegroom was just as surprised as the master of the feast that somehow this “good wine” had surfaced towards the end of the feast. The guests could certainly care less . . . as long as there was more liquid joy to be consumed. But the servants had seen what had happened . . . as did Jesus disciples. And they, for me, are “the hook.” Given that I am also a follower of Christ, they connect me to the story. And they saw the glory!
This, the first of His signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested His glory. And His disciples believed in Him. (John 2:11 ESV)
The servants knew what happened that day because of their responsibility to “do whatever He tells you” (2:5). The disciples, my people, witnessed the miracle that day because of their relationship with Him who had said to them, “Follow Me.” They attended the wedding with Jesus . . . they stuck close to Him throughout the festivities . . . I’m guessing they were privy to the conversation between the Son of God and the mother of Jesus . . . they heard His instructions to the servants . . . they saw the great jars filled with water . . . they witnessed the fine wine poured from those same jars . . . they heard the testimony of the wine taster . . . they caught a glimpse of the care and compassion of their Master for a people oblivious to His provision . . . they saw the glory revealed. And, it says, they believed in Him. Their faith grew. Though they didn’t understand all of what they had witnessed, their understanding of Him went deeper . . . their decision to follow Him was confirmed . . . their conviction that He was the Light of the Word was strengthened. Because they were with Jesus, they beheld the manifestation of His glory.
Oh, don’t let me miss the glory! I too have been called into relationship the Christ . . . just like the disciples I have been invited into close communion with the Son . . . and, from that vantage point, I too will have opportunity to see the manifest power of the Master. Mine is to abide with the Savior . . . to be in close relationship . . . to not be snoozin’ at the wheel . . . so that I too might see the glory.