John 2:1;11 “On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee.…What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory.”
Even the start of the day hinted toward something supernatural…
It began while I was sitting by the pool in the early morning having my daily time with God before the day’s festivities. My scripture reading just happened to be the second chapter of John. I didn’t plan it that way. But I know who did. You see, it just happened to be my son’s wedding day. God—in a way only he could do—was reminding me a miracle would be taking place that afternoon.
John 2 records Jesus’ first miracle. It took place at a wedding in Galilee. There he rearranged the elements in H2O and transformed them into CH3CH2OH. He converted natural everyday water into wine. In doing so, he “revealed his glory.” Inexplicable.
But not more so than the other miracle occurring that day: Two people, an individual man and an individual woman were also being rearranged—realigned to make them one. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh” (Ephesians 5:32). Paul describes this uniting as a “profound mystery” that reflects Christ and the church. We can’t understand how two becoming one can happen any more than we can understand how water became wine. Or how Christ could call the very imperfect church his bride. We can’t comprehend the supernatural through natural eyes.
Marriage is a miracle. Always has been. Always will be, no matter how hard our culture attempts to deny its sacredness or redefine its meaning. Some see weddings as ordinary water, but in reality, every time we observe a wedding we witness a supernatural miracle of wine.
Jesus was as present at Josiah and Lauren’s wedding in Rougemont, NC, as he was at Cana in Galilee. Even at the reception when the wind blew in a brief rain shower and upended everything in the outdoor tent, God was there. As if not wanting anyone to miss the message, he painted a rainbow across the sky and once again, “revealed his glory.”
I’m still drinking it all in….