It is most commonly said that Jesus turned water into wine; but actually; unnamed servants turned the water into wine by obeying His command. They carried it through to the point that they filled a glass, quite possibly with water, and gave it to the master of the feast. We don’t know at what point the water turned into wine, but we do know it happened after they filled the pots with water and before the master took a drink from the cup.
John calls this the first sign Jesus performed, manifesting his glory—and because of it, his disciples believed in him. Yet, the only thing Jesus did was speak the Word. In reality, to perform his first sign, Jesus succeeded in bringing others into the action of faith. Because of that, a miracle happened and his newly selected disciples believed in him.
His disciples didn’t believe in him because of his college degree or denominational credentials. They believed because of the sign. Sadly, today, most of us have been told that we should believe in someone because of credentials which have usually been acquired through the human intellect, strength of will, or basic persistence. Many of us have also learned to be distrustful of anyone who seems to perform signs, especially when it happens in ways that don’t seem to fit inside our idea of what is needful. But Jesus didn’t heal the sick here. He didn’t raise the dead this day. Surely someone at the wedding had a great need for deliverance of some sort. Rather, he spoke, someone else’s servants obeyed, and water became wine.
Never forget this: Jesus alone perfectly and fully reveals God to man—even when you don’t understand it. Human intellect does not define truth.
This is hard for the modern religious mind to reconcile. But Jesus didn’t fear any man—he loved the whole world enough to boldly command us to participate with God by faith. Jesus didn’t decide it would be best to be politically correct for the sake of those who didn’t or wouldn’t understand. Jesus loves by a higher truth. And even though he literally loved to his own earthly death, he is still willing to be misunderstood by those he died for.
If Jesus will perform a miracle through the obedience of a servant, he will do the same through your obedience. Jesus will also use things that don’t really matter and risk being misunderstood to bring you into a place of bold faith. And he will cause you to believe in him through signs and wonders… yes… even in the twenty-first century!
“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 ESV
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for eighteen years, and is the proud father of two boys.