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Jesus Manifests His Glory

Written by | January, 2013
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Although Jesus usually hid His divine Sonship, in this episode Jesus revealed His divine power and glory as the Son of God. 

“…The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me”  (John 10:25)

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.
(John 2:1-11)

This miracle may not have been His most spectacular. It was done very quietly. Neither the master of the feast nor most of the guests knew where the wine came from or even realized that a miracle had taken place.

Yet those who knew saw Jesus’ glory and believed.

That is the point of this and other miracles—that we too may see the glory of His power as God, and our faith is confirmed. Yet more than that, we see the glory of His LOVE.

As our loving Savior, Jesus performed many miracles of healing, in that way showing His compassion in our times of weakness and suffering. He comes to our aid either with healing or with His grace which makes His power perfect through our weakness.

When Jesus fed the thousands in miraculous fashion, He showed His love and care to provide for human physical needs. Therefore we can trust Him to provide for our daily needs as we continue to seek first
His Kingdom and His righteousness.

In miracles in which Jesus calmed the storms, He showed His love and desire to protect His followers from all harm and danger. We find great comfort and confidence in times of catastrophe when we realize that our lives are in His loving hands.

In some ways, though, this quiet miracle of changing water into wine is more remarkable than other miracles. The setting of this miracle—a lack of wine at a wedding—hardly presented a life-threatening situation. The need wasn’t even tremendously pressing. Yet our Lord Jesus used His power to enable a newly married couple to enjoy the celebration of their wedding with friends and relatives.

Here the Savior shows His loving concern even in “little” things. There is nothing too small or insignificant to bring before Him in our everyday lives. Consider how our Lord not only can provide for our needs and heal our diseases (when it is His holy will for us), but He blesses us daily so that we can enjoy life. He gives us our parents, spouse, and children. He provides countless daily blessings for us to enjoy. He gives many occasions in which we can celebrate His love—such as the joyful celebrations of the recent Christmas season.

Finally, since we know that Jesus is concerned even about life’s “little” things, isn’t that proof that He can—and has—taken care of our biggest need? If as our Savior He had not reconciled us to God by shedding His innocent blood on the cross, then He could not provide any other blessings no matter how small, for we would still deserve His wrath
and punishment.

So, let us recognize all things which we graciously receive from
our loving Savior-God. Then we will enjoy them all the more, for
as we celebrate life under His loving care, we will see the glory of our
Savior-Lord who has provided all things by His power and great love.

As we so often recognize Jesus’ glory in our daily lives, let us just as often give thanks to God!