A Wedding without Wine

Denise Vredevoogd

Read: John 2:1-11

When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” (v. 3)

When I read certain dramatic passages in the Bible, such as today’s fascinating story, I wonder about the details that aren’t there. We know very little about this wedding. Who got married? Exactly how many people attended? Why were Jesus and his disciples invited? Who are the other unnamed characters in this scene: the servants, the master of the banquet, the clueless bridegroom (who gets credit for saving the best wine for last)?

Apparently, it was a social faux pas to run out of wine during such a celebration and Jesus’ mother seemed to care about the host’s reputation. She wanted Jesus to do something, but did she know what he would do? His ministry was just beginning, and he had asked some disciples to follow him only a few days before. According to John, this first miracle revealed Jesus’ glory and caused the disciples to believe.

Besides displaying extraordinary power, Jesus’ action showed his loving care. Six containers, each holding twenty to thirty gallons of water for ceremonial washing, were now filled with wine. Much later, during the last meal before his death, it is wine that Jesus described as “my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many” (Mark 14:24). He was willing to save a wedding from becoming a disaster and it was just the beginning of the ways he revealed himself as our Savior, one who came to bring abundant new life. —Denise Vredevoogd

As you pray, thank Jesus for the joyous miracle of salvation.