BY Debbie Eaton
Text: John 2:1-25
This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
– John 2:11
I like doing things backwards—it’s a quirk of mine. I love dinners that start with dessert. I often begin a book by reading the last chapter. I like to launch projects with the end in mind and I thrive on dreaming big with others.
It’s no wonder I was first drawn to the end of John Chapter 2, as it painfully points out the importance and significance of our need for a Savior.
“But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart.”
– John 2:24-25, NLT
God knows the condition of our human hearts. He knows we live in the tension of worldly desires and how easily we can be seduced into believing we are in control. He knows our pride, our arrogance, and the way we worship our own success—and He knows it will never be enough. At our deepest heart-level, we are left discontent and lonely, with a hard heart of stone instead of a tender heart of flesh.
Only Jesus can turn a sick, hard heart into one that is alive and vibrant.
To bring life to our dead hearts, Christ first entered our darkness and began to flood it with His light. The time had come for Him to turn the world upside-down, to challenge religious norms and bring awareness to the poor, the orphans and widows, to turn the focus off our doing and onto His glory. The key word here is turn.
It was at a wedding that Jesus’ divine glory was revealed through his first miracle, turning water to wine. He did so without much fuss —only the servants and disciples witnessed the miracle and came to believe. Our God still performs these quiet miracles today, working behind the scenes to turn the impossible into possible. How has Jesus revealed His divine glory to you?
Next Jesus goes to the temple, where He reveals His divine authority in the turning over of tables. He is angry that His Father’s house has been turned from a place of worship into a place of consumer transactions. We, too, so easily turn from worshipping our Creator into worshipping what we ourselves create, but God’s divine authority will always reign. “You shall have no other gods before me,” God says to His people in Exodus 20:3. What takes the place of God in your life?
Jesus’ glory and authority are revealed in Scripture in the turning of turning water to wine and hate to love, war to peace and cruelty to kindness. Only our Savior can turn over the tables of evil to uncover the promise of the Gospel—a Gospel that brings gentleness from hardness, patience from frustration, self-control from instability.
He miraculously takes our sinful human nature and turns us to Christ-likeness. All praise and glory to HIM.