Every miracle of Jesus was in response to an acknowledged need, a shortage, ”They have no wine.” Jesus changes water into wine, Change; transformation is the name of the enterprise. Jesus can and does transform. When Jesus left that wedding at Cana, he still had a long way to go on his journey. There would be less glorious moments for him. Times when he would be rejected, humiliated, misunderstood. The glory of his first miracle at Cana did not change that. Yet the sign, the glory, enabled Jesus to continue, a sign that God would not abandon him to the darkness and the death.
And so it is for the church and us. We still have a long way to go on our Journey. We live in a time of short supply. Where it sometimes feels as if there is no hope, and yet in worship, perhaps in the singing of a hymn, perhaps in the reading and hearing God's word you see, you hear, you change. The veil between you and God is drawn back. Here in our church as at the wedding in Cana, Jesus is revealed as Lord of history, as master of all. For one stunning moment there is glory.
We don't have to wait for the end of the story for the glory. Any time Jesus shows up, be it at an ordinary wedding at Cana or in our ordinary church, or tomorrow morning while you are doing the dishes, any time Jesus shows up, things become transformed. There is glory.
In the light of such glory, despair turns to hope, doubt is transformed into belief, death is made into life, and water into wine. “They have no wine”, is seen as an opportunity. It's a miracle.
My prayer for the church is that the shortages we face will not be seen as a problem but rather as an opportunity to reveal the Glory of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ to a world that is crying out for a better way. You can show the world that when the church is accused of having no wine left, Christ's glory is revealed.
Your Brother, in Christ, Mike Simpson.