“This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” — John 2:11
– This very first miracle that Jesus performed, at a wedding in Cana of Galilee, might very well have been His greatest. Within the narrative we discover several key points that lead to the divine healing of a soul. Mary, the mother of Jesus, said, “They have no wine.” In other words, there was a need at the wedding. Also at the wedding were empty vessels that needed to be filled. Throughout scripture “wine” is synonymous with the Holy Spirit. Through a spiritual lens we can see a connection between what occurred at the wedding in Cana and what occurred in the upper room on the day of Pentecost. One hundred twenty-one believers gathered; they were there by divine appointment awaiting a miracle from God. When all at once, the room was filled with the presence of God and all of the believers were filled with the Holy Ghost. Those that observed this mighty move of God were amazed and confused, just as they were when Jesus turned the water into wine. What they didn’t realize was this was a fulfilled promise given to them from the Old Testament. Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.”
– Throughout our Lord’s earthly ministry He healed the sick, the lame, the deaf, and the dumb. He gave sight to the blind and healed those with mental disorders. He cast out demons that tormented many a soul, but I believe His greatest miracle is when He changes a person from a sinner to saint. At the wedding in Cana, our Lord did His greatest work; He changed something old into something new, something ordinary into something superb. Out of all of the physical healings that Jesus performed and is still performing today, they all pale in comparison to the divine healing that occurs in person’s life when they are touched by the Master’s hand. A good illustration of this radical change is recorded in Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
– The miracle performed at the wedding in Cana of Galilee may have been our Lord’s first miracle, but it certainly would not be His last. As a matter of fact, His second miracle occurred in the very same city after He returned there from traveling through Judea, the land of unbelief. He healed a nobleman’s son that was lying at the point of death. Jesus told the man, “Go thy way; thy son liveth.” As the man neared his home, one of his servants ran out to meet him and said, “your son liveth.” Then as a means of verifying the miracle the nobleman said, “At what time and hour did my son begin to recover?” The servant said, “Yesterday, at the seventh hour.” The nobleman had marked the time that Jesus told him that his son would live and it matched exactly with the healing that had occurred. This man and his whole household received the greatest miracle they were all saved.
Love and prayers…
Rev. Randy Skeens is pastor of Central United Baptist Church and a member of the Logan Ministerial Association.