Jesus Turns Water to Wine

Read: John 2:1-11

The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” (vv. 3-5 NLT)

During his brief ministry, Jesus altered matter in ways that astonished his followers and still astonish believers today. Sick people were restored to health, dead people came back to life, wind and waves went silent, bread and fish underwent astronomical multiplication—but first, water is turned into the finest wine money can buy, and all for the sake of a marriage celebration. Pretty humane and not super spiritual. It does my heart good to know Jesus appreciates a good wedding.

You have to find a least a little humor in the exchange between Jesus and his proud mother, so full of faith in the son she had raised. Here the Son of God changed his mind on behalf of a subtle suggestion from Mary. She never told him what to do, or how to solve the situation—hers was the limitless confidence that Jesus would know, so she ordered the servants, not the master. And so, even though his time had not yet come—and I trust with his characteristic integrity, he was listening to every word God would say—he made a turn in the road, honored both mother and father, and allowed a party that would have ended in humiliation to end on a high note instead. —Amy Clemens

As you pray, thank God for the son he raised with Mary—one full of grace and truth (John 1:14).

About the Author

amy clemens

With a bachelors in journalism from Texas Tech University and a masters from Western Theological Seminary, Amy Clemens enjoys all things writing, particularly about the life of faith. She is blessed with a family that includes husband Fred, five children, and five grandchildren.

Amy has just published her first book, "Walking When You'd Rather Fly: Meditations on Faith After the Fall," which weaves her journey from childhood abuse toward healing and spiritual growth with a practical theology for the big story of God. You can find out more about the book and author at walkingwhenyoudratherfly.com.