The Best Is Yet to Be

Lou Lotz

READ : John 2:1-11

This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. (v. 11)

What is a miracle? The Greek word for miracle is semaios, which means sign. Like all signs, miracles point to something beyond themselves. They point to God. A miracle is not a magic trick; it is a sign that God is at work in human affairs.

The Lord’s first sign took place at a wedding, when the mother of Jesus—John never calls her Mary—informs her son that, “They have no wine.” Initially, Jesus refuses to get involved. But what son can hold out for long against his mother’s wishes? The six stone jars are filled to the brim with water, and the water becomes wine. And not the cheap, inferior wine that was usually served later on. No, this was the good stuff.

“And his disciples believed in him.” They believed, I think, not because Jesus had neatly solved a catering problem at a wedding reception. They believed because they realized that, in Christ, the future was brimming with possibility. The best wine was still to come.

Jesus not only transforms water, he transforms the future. When your health is in jeopardy, when your finances are in a shambles, when people you thought you could count on prove unfaithful, remember that the good wine is still to come. The future belongs to Christ. The best is yet to be. Your tomorrows are brimming with promise, dripping with fine wine. And you were worried.

PRAYER

Lord, my future is in your hands.