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Jesus' First Miracle and the Lessons We Learn from It

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

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Jesus' First Miracle

Most disciples of Christ are familiar with Jesus' first miracle found in John 2:1-12. Jesus changed water to wine at the wedding at Cana in Galilee. What Christians might not be aware of is that that passage contains many lessons from Jesus' first miracle along with life applications for us today.

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him (John 2:11).

The Invitation (John 2:1-2)

Jesus was invited to the wedding at Cana. If Jesus had not been invited to the wedding, the miracle would not have taken place when the host ran out of wine. Jesus was where He was needed to be at that particular time.

The first lesson is to invite Jesus into every area of our lives if we sincerely want Him to be there with us when we need Him to perform a miracle on our behalf.

Weddings in the Bible lasted an entire week with lots of people celebrating. Therefore, a lot of wine was needed. According to the scripture, it was on the third day when the host ran out of wine which would have been a disappointment and an embarrassment if the guest found out there was no wine for the rest of the week.

The Intercession (John 2:3-4)

At the wedding in Cana, when the host ran out of wine, Mary the mother of Jesus made it known to Jesus. Mary quietly told Her Son that all the wine had been consumed and there was none left. Mary interceded by telling Jesus. When Jesus found out about the need, He interceded and did something about it.

The second step for a miracle is to make our requests known and then be prepared for the intercession.

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The Instructions (John 2:5)

Jesus could have sent out for wine or He could have called forth wine. Instead, He chose to perform a miracle. He gave specific instructions to the servants while His disciples looked on. Mary, the mother of Jesus, told the servants to do whatever Jesus commanded them to do.

The third step is to be obedient and do whatever Jesus says to do. It was the servants' obedience that enabled the miracle to be performed. It is always wise to obey the instructions that the Lord gives us even if the instructions don't make sense to us at the time.

Six Waterpots

Six Waterpots

The Instruments (John 2:6)

Throughout the gospels, Jesus used ordinary things to perform miracles. Water was available for Jesus to perform a miracle at the wedding in Cana. Jesus looked around and saw six waterpots, and He told the servants to fill them to the brim. Notice, He did not use His disciples because the disciples were invited guests. Also, that was the duty of the servants. Besides, Jesus wanted His disciples to witness the miracle without being part of it.

Leave it up to Jesus to use what is available in your life to perform a miracle.

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glass of wine

The Imbide (John 2:9)

When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made into wine, he didn't know where it had come from. He described the wine as being better than the wine that had been served before. He concluded that usually the best wine is served first before men get drunk, but in this case, the best wine had been kept until the end.

Whatever Jesus does is always better than anything a man can do. The man-made wine was good, but the miraculous wine was so much better.

Lessons From Jesus' First Miracle

ScriptureLessonLife Application

John 2:1-2

Jesus was invited to a wedding.

Make sure you invite Jesus into every area of your life.

John 2:3-4

The host ran out of wine and Mary asked Jesus to intercede.

Let Jesus know you want Him to help you out in your lack.

John 2:5

Jesus gave specific instructions.

Follow the instructions Jesus gives.

John 2:6

Jesus used whatever was on hand to perform His first miracle.

Allow Jesus to use whatever is available to help you.

John 2:9

The host tasted the wine and said it was better than what had been served before.

What Jesus does is better than what man can do.

Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is it called when people are asked to be present at a wedding?
    • Intercession
    • Invitation
    • Instructions
    • Instruments
    • Imbede
  2. What are the tools used for a miracle?
    • Invitation
    • Instructions
    • Intercession
    • Instruments
    • Imbede
  3. What is it called when someone comes to help you with your problem?
    • Invitation
    • Instructions
    • Instruments
    • Intercession
    • Imbede
  4. What is it called when someone give you ways to do something?
    • Invitation
    • Instructions
    • Intercession
    • Instruments
    • Imbede
  5. What is it called to drink?
    • Invitation
    • Imbede
    • Instructions
    • Intercession
    • Instruments

Answer Key

  1. Invitation
  2. Instruments
  3. Intercession
  4. Instructions
  5. Imbede
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Comments

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 13, 2017:

Thanks, Jay C OBrien, for your comment!

Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on January 13, 2017:

The lesson from this story is, "Learn to share." Jesus did not make wine out of thin air. He diluted existing wine with water to serve more people. I do this myself. I put a little water in my wine and it tastes better to me. You might say Jesus was of a socialist mindset. Avoid rich vs. poor; encourage the middle class with Sharing of wealth.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 12, 2017:

Tamarajo, thank you so much for reading and commenting on this hub. I am a Bible teacher so it came easy for me to write the article and design the chart.

Tamarajo on January 12, 2017:

I sincerely enjoyed this lesson and application. The concluding chart was a nice way to tie it all together.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 12, 2017:

MsDora, I love you for reading and commenting on my hubs. I had been away from HubPages for a while, but since my return, you have read and commented on every new hub I have written. Thank you so much. Until next time...

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 12, 2017:

All good lessons, too easily overlooked. Thank you for highlighting them.

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