Seeing Him For Who He Is
John 2:1-11 and SOAP John 2:11
This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.John 2:11
The Elephant in the Room
First things first, let’s address the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’, found in verse 4, where Jesus says to His mother, Mary … “Woman, why are you saying this to me?” Was Jesus being rude to His mother? Absolutely not. Often, despite our best efforts, inflections or intent are lost in the translation of Scripture, as is the case here. According to Gotquestions.org and other trusted commentaries, such as BibleRef.com, the use of this term, “Woman,” in the original Greek would have been understood as a polite and possibly even formal statement. Much like our use of the term ma’am, “woman” is meant to show respect, and is even considered by some to have been an affectionate term. For an example of this – look how Jesus used the same word from the cross – and how different it sounds in this context – when He said to His mother, “Woman, here is your son”, referring to His dearly loved disciple in John 19:26-27.
The First Miraculous Sign
Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding where He was a guest. Perhaps it was because His mother had requested it, however, I believe we see the real reason in our focus passage today. It’s here that we read that Jesus revealed His glory (made Himself known) and His disciples believed in Him, (2:11). He would go on to do many more miraculous signs over the course of His ministry, and all of them would be used as a means of proof that He was who He said He was, the One John had been announcing as – The One God Loved … The Lamb of God … The Chosen One … the Son of God …
The Proof Is In The Wine
The outcome of Jesus turning the water into wine was a victorious success as the “disciples believed in Him”. They trusted He was who He said He was – The Son of God. You see the miracles weren’t about Jesus looking amazing or astounding people or gaining popularity among the people. The miraculous signs, as John called them, were meant to make God known. Today, when we glorify God we are making Him known. We are making His Son known and this will always have an impact on the people in our lives – whether they are family, friends, strangers, or neighbors.
What’s this mean for His followers today?
As Mary told the servants in today’s story – we should do whatever He tells us to do. Not only will we be blessed (see verse 9) but we will be making Him known to those watching or listening, or receiving … Working along side Jesus, doing what He tells us to do will always have an impact on those around us – because what is said and done in His name will always make Him known. We should also call to mind what we have read about Him and what we’ve seen or experienced Him do in or through us or those we love – remembering the ‘miraculous signs’ will bolster our faith and secure our hope in Him.
Father, thank you for the miracles - the miraculous signs through and by You in the Old Testament and Christ in the New. Thank you for those I have experienced in my own life, such as Abi's feet being healed, Annie's cancer being healed, peace in the storms of life, as well as Your perfect timing in more ways than I can count, and Your provisions and making a way when there was no hope ... Thank you for letting us see Him for who He is. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of Your work. May we be quick to do as you say and careful to pay attention to what You do and to make Your works known - so that Your glory might be seen and many many more might believe. In Jesus' Name - So let it be!
- Me, From the Inside Out 💕