Read John 2.1-12

                On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”  And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.”  His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”  Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.  Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.  He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it.  When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.”  Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.    After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples; and they remained there a few days.


From Rev. Magdalyn Sebastian, Wheeling; Interim Pastor, Fairhill Manor Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

                The best until last.   In this pre-resurrection resurrection miracle story, Jesus turns water into the best wine of the whole party.   And not just a little wine -120-180 gallons of wine.   Through this story we learn of God’s extravagant love and abundance, the “over the moon” joy of God’s saving acts,  and the joy of what is yet to come – the very best.  

                There was a saint of the church whose favorite hymn was “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry.”   He loved, “I’ll be there as I have always been with just one more surprise.”   John couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen.  May we all anticipate with joy what God has in store for us in this life and the life beyond.

Gracious One, may we eagerly anticipate the resurrection –
like kids on Christmas Eve.