Daily Word of Grace # 231 (April 30, 2021)
The Gospel According to John is structured around seven different miracles or “signs” performed by Jesus to demonstrate that he was and is the Son of God. Of course there were many more than seven such miracles but John chose seven, the first of which is Jesus’ turning water into wine at a wedding reception (John 2:1-10). You may remember the story…Jesus and his disciples are at a wedding in Cana and they run out of wine, a major faux pas and embarrassment for the host family. Rather than rebuking them for running out of wine or rebuking them for even drinking wine in the first place, Jesus asks the servants to fill containers with water—and they did so—and not just a little bit but “to the brim.” Then Jesus turns all that water into wine—not cheap bottom shelf wine but exquisite top shelf wine—as the steward says, “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.” John concludes this miracle, “Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.” God meets you when you run out of wine, or whatever that wine may represent—money, energy, patience—you fill in the blank. When it comes to God’s love and grace for you, there is always more than enough, exquisite top shelf grace that fills your life to the brim.
Love and Prayers,