Some people just don’t get it. ‘It’ could be a thousand different things, but at any given moment when you are trying to make a point about something, there will be people that for one reason or another will never understand what you’re trying to say.
It’s a forest for the trees situation. Lost in translation. It’s a thousand yard stare, and it’s super frustrating.
I imagine that about how John would feel if he heard all of the discussions from our teetotaler, American based cultural view of his account of Jesus’s first miracle.
At a wedding in Cana of Galilee, at the request of his mother, he changed water into wine.
He wouldn’t do that. It wasn’t really wine. It was just grape juice.
Forest for the trees.
I’m not going there. I’m not telling you what I think about the alcoholic content, or lack thereof, in the water-turned-grape-beverage that Jesus made that day.
That’s not the point, and we need to stop trying to make it the point. It’s demeaning and petty and distracting from what actually went on in Cana.
John chapter two is about so much more than fermentation. It’s about so much more our particular cultural perspective. However, before quickly peeking at this second chapter of John’s gospel, let me just ask you one question.
Do you trust that Jesus did the right thing? Whatever he did, was it right?
Or, do you think that he made a mistake?
If he made wine, like we know it today, would you judge him for doing it? I’m not going to.
Jesus can do what he wants, and that is really what John chapter 2 is about. It’s not about grape juice. He can do what he wants because he is God. None of us have the right to question his decisions or his motives.
The beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
Now we’re seeing clearly. There’s the big picture. When we look at it that way, we can see forest.
John wants us to know all we can about Jesus’s power, and he wants us to trust in Jesus and his power.
So, let me give you the Cliff Notes of the sermon from this chapter today.
After roughly the 20th reading of John’s recollection of Jesus’s first foray into public ministry, I see:
- His power over creation revealed by changing water into wine.
- His power over Himself restrained when He cleansed the temple.
- His power over death remembered after the resurrection.
No one has power like Jesus. He has power to transform. He has power to limit. He has power to raise, even himself, from death.
Because of that, the disciples believed on him, they followed him, and they served him.
What do you see when you read John 2? Please don’t tell me grape juice.