Crisis in Cana (John 2:1-5)
John 2:1-5, And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. 3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. 4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. 5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
The wedding was held in Cana which was a quiet village near Nazareth, the home of Nathaniel, and about 15 miles west of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus was invited to the wedding in this town. A problem occurred at the wedding. They had run out of wine! Wine was essential at a Jewish wedding. If there was no wine, there would be no joy. Hospitality was a sacred duty in the Middle East. To run out of provisions was a huge humiliation.
John proclaimed the problem that led to the manifestation of the Lord's power. Too many people try to solve their problems in their own strength and in their own time and never turn to the Lord for help. Many of us try to solve problems without having all the facts or not knowing what caused the problem. God allows problems to come into our life to mold our character and to grow our faith. Mary addressed the problem by coming to Jesus. Though He had never performed a miracle before she knew who her Son was and knew what He was capable of. She knew that He was able to fix the problem.
Turning to and trusting in the Lord with our problems is the wisest thing to do. You are not going to get out of this life without have to face problems. There are going to be troubles in this life. Problems in life do not mean that God hates you, it means that you are human. There are going to be sweet times in life, but there are also going to be sorrowful times in life. Problems come at us at different times, in different ways, and at different intensities. Problems hit us from the broad side, back side, front side, and every side. Problems play no favorites with anyone. Problems do not just happen to the poor but also to the fortunate. Everyone in life will face problems. Sin is the ultimate reason that we face problems in this life. Problems not only come to us when we are down, but also when everything seems to be going alright. Even in the good times of life, during a celebration, problems can arise and cause headaches and heartaches.
The empty pots remind us of men without the Lord, men who are empty, cold, spiritually lifeless and useless. Christ fills men with His spirit and gives life to men. Jesus brings fulness when there is emptiness. He gives joy when there is disappointment. As the wine was abundant, God's grace and provision are abundant too. As children of God we have the opportunity to be vessels for His glory (Jeremiah 18:1-6; II Timothy 2:20-21). We are social beings. Jesus was teaching us to be sociable and not to become too busy to be sociable. However, He expects us to balance our lives. The reality is most people do not spend enough alone time with the Lord. Most people are not making their God called contribution to the world as Jesus has called us to do. When others see how your life has been changed and that your sins are washed away, they will catch a glimpse of God’s power.
Questions to Consider:
How do you handle your problems?
Who do you turn to in your problems?
What are you to do with your problems?
What kind of problems are you facing?
Points to Ponder:
God desires that we be vessels unto honor.
We should always be seeking to do whatever He tells us to do.
God will work in and through His servants to accomplish His will.
Turn to the Lord and trust in the Lord to handle the problems in life.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank You that You are the God of the impossible. I want to trust in Your ability and not my own. Help me to focus on You and Your power. I choose to have faith in Your ability to break through every obstacle in my life. In Jesus name, Amen!
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