John 2 – Restore
God, open my eyes and heart to reveal your character to me. Amen.
Read John 2
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.
It is a story that everyone seems to know. Jesus turning water into wine has made its way into our culture’s consciousness. It is a miracle many wish they could perform, but for Jesus, it is the first of seven signs that announce the identity of Jesus. The opportunity for Jesus to perform this miracle occurs when a wedding that Jesus and his disciples are attending runs out of wine. While we may not think this is a huge problem, running out of wine at a wedding during Jesus’ time would bring shame upon the newlyweds. In an honor and shame culture, starting your marriage in a shameful way would have affected their relationship with everyone in the community negatively for the next couple of years. However, instead of shame, Jesus restores the couples honor by ensuring the wedding would not run out of wine and, in fact, brings out the best wine at the end of the wedding.
The newlyweds in this wedding scene were heading for shame, until Jesus intervenes. When Jesus steps in, the couple’s honor is restored and their shame gone. The same is true for us today. When Jesus steps in our shame is gone and we are restored. Romans 10:11 says that everyone who believes in Jesus will not be put to shame. Jesus restores us and makes us whole. Jesus restores those areas of our life ridden with shame and guilt. The grace of God is poured out on us making us children of God, not creatures of shame. Jesus restores us and enables us to live out of the overflow of God’s grace given to us and not out of shame and guilt. Jesus restores us; press into that beautiful truth today.
Questions to Think Through
-What area of your life do you need Jesus to restore?
-How has God brought wholeness to your life now or in the past?
-What sticks out to you about the story of Jesus turning the water into wine?
God, may I know the power of your grace and see where you have restored me to wholeness. Thank you for ridding me of my shame. Enable me to operate out of your grace and not my shame. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.