Day 2

His Glory is Revealed

from the His Glory is Revealed reading plan

John 2:1-25

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.


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213 thoughts on "His Glory is Revealed"

  1. Julie says:

    I love how he uses the ceremonial water jars for ritual cleansing to cast a vision for the complete cleansing by his blood through the symbol of wine…and just the whole idea of Jesus’ ministry starting by keeping the party going. The servants seemed to be the only ones besides Jesus’ mother and brothers who witnessed what happened…it doesn’t seem like other guests knew about what he had done. It’s neat to think that Jesus intentionally revealed Himself to them first.

    1. Jenny Pauline says:

      This is an awesome perspective. I didn’t even think about the water to wine. And that he revealed himself to family first.

  2. Steph says:

    Yes! That’s a beautiful prayer!

  3. Mary Lebeau says:

    I pray that Jesus turns me in the same way….from ordinary to desired, like water to wine, and from wickedness to worship, like in the temple. You know my heart, Lord. Break it and make it one pleasing to you.

  4. Mrs.Walton says:

    What takes the place of God in my heart? My want compared to my needs. Anytime I make a purchase I ask myself difference between the two on the items I want. I just finished the series in Peter which was wonderful and it appears as if John is going to equal up and go further for me. Being a Christian is not suppose to be comfortable, it’s challenging because it’s suppose to be, but the rewards for this lifestyle we live and path we follow will be breathtaking.

  5. VictoriousOne says:

    God still performs these quiet miracles today!! Thank you Lord for these quiet miracles where you reveal your glory

  6. Renee says:

    Good words to help keep my eyes in the prize which is bringing people to the saving knowledge of our Lord.

  7. Only our savior can turn over the tables of evil and use them for good!

  8. Bailey Schmid says:

    This gave me such a great perspective on my life and priorities especially! Thank you so much for the new realization of God’s glory first!

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