Christ’s First Miracle.

Christ’s First Miracle.

Very little is know of the life of Christ as he was growing up. What was he like as a person and what was his relationship with his family like. Well quite a bit can be gleaned from the events that surrounded his first recorded miracle which was also used to launch his ministry.

These events are recorded in these verses from the Gospel of John.

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John Chapter 2

[1] And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

[2] And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

[3] And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

[4] Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

[5] His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

[6] And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

[7] Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

[8] And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.

[9] When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

[10] And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

[11] This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.[/quote]

Doing an analysis of these verses we can see the following.

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[1] And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

[2] And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.[/quote]

Now this was just a marriage in the area and no doubt most of the local folks were invited, Both Jesus and his mother were there and as the disciples were with Jesus they also went along. Now he had picked up the disciple just after he had been baptized because of what John the Baptist had said about him. But he had not done any miracles in the sight of his disciples up to this point in time. Now to be invited to this wedding also meant that he was recognized as being in the circle of friends of the bride and groom. He was an accepted part of the community.

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[3] And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

[4] Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.[/quote]

Now things start to get interesting. The wedding party was in full swing and the wine ran out. Now the first thing that Mary does is come and tell Jesus. Obviously Mary was accustomed to Jesus being able to do miracle of provision in the past and expected him to do the same thing here so as to save the day. Jesus on the other hand tried to back out. He did not feel that the time was ready to go public or to launch his ministry. He told here that his hour had not yet come.

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[5] His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.[/quote]

Well his mother was not going to take no for an answer and promptly put him on the spot. She went and told the servants to do exactly what he told them to do with the full confidence that he would come through. Jesus was now left with the choice of either coming through with a miracle or letting his mother be humiliated in the sight of the servants. This does give some indication of the relationship that Jesus had with his mother and he came through with the miracle even though it was against his better judgment, It is also interesting to note that although this first public miracle was used to launch his ministry and confirm his ability in the eyes of his new disciples it was primarily done so as to please his mother and save the wedding from an early ending.

It was done in service to the people around him and not some grand thing for the kingdom. This trait also was displayed throughout his ministry, the miracles were most often done as a service to help the people in need around him. Not so much as in service to himself or to do something great and grand for the kingdom of God.

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[6] And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

[7] Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

[8] And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.[/quote]

Now this is where Jesus actually performed the miracle. There are some interesting points to note. For these miracles to happen there are two things required. The first is obedience and the second is the need to step out in faith even if it goes against conventional logic. Now the servants had been told to fill up these water pots with water so they did. Then without any form of religious incantation or ritual they were instructed to draw some of that self same water that they had just put in there and take it to the head of the table. Well they obeyed, fully expecting nothing but water to be poured out into the cup when they got to the other end. But because they had been told to do everything that he said they did anyway. Not their fault that there was only water left anyway!

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[9] When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

[10] And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

[11] This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.[/quote]

Well somewhere between the point of when the servant drew the water out of the stone water pot and the point where he poured it into the cup of the host of the feast the water transformed into fermented grape juice, commonly known as wine. Like most genuine miracles associated with Christ there was no dramatics, wild visual effects, or other wild manifestations of a supernatural nature. The miracle was quite, unobtrusive, and complete. The wine was of the best quality. The only people that knew what had happened behind the scenes were the servants, Mary and the disciples. But this was enough to establish his reputation as a miracle worker and launch his ministry. His ministry had to start at some point and as he had already acquired his first disciples it may as well have been then anyway. No doubt the story of what had happened was soon to spread.

And he never demanded payment for the services he preformed for the people in need.

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