Winemaker

August 23, 2015
by John Stuart

John 2:11 – 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. (NIV 2011)

Even these days, a person who could turn water into wine would be very popular and handy to have at any wedding. Despite this, Christ's first miracle seemed to be unknown to most of the wedding party, in the midst of all the celebrating and carousing at Cana. Only Mary, the mother of Jesus, Christ's disciples, and a few house servants knew that a miracle had taken place. Everyone else was oblivious to what had occurred; all the other guests had no earthly idea about the heavenly event that had just taken place.

In church, we sometimes experience something similar. Miracles of healing, answered prayers, and gifts of blessing frequently occur in our congregations, no matter how big or small. People of Christian faith, from many different backgrounds, have actually known of individual miraculous moments in their lives. Sadly, the rest of the world appears to miss out on these special events because folks are too busy, too distracted, too distant, or too unconnected to God to be able to realize, or even recognize, that miracles are taking place in churches all around the globe.

Each time I come across and re-read the story of the wedding in Cana, Jesus continues to make me smile because I know that He is still in the miracle business, taking empty lives and filling them with His beautiful Spirit. He makes the best out of the worst. He turns critical moments into miraculous events. He changes sinners into servants, as well as making dedicated disciples out of the most desperate and disastrous of people. In other words, He still turns ordinary water into the choicest wine.

Questions for personal reflection: How has Christ wrought changes in me? Where have I seen His miraculous works in my church and community?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the miraculous changes that You constantly make throughout the world. Thank You for turning our lives around by allowing us the opportunity to become Your servants. Be with us and help us to carry on Your great work of changing the world. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.

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John Stuart <traqair@aol.com>
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen John.


    Amen, John, Amen. Blessings.


    John: You are right to say that many miracles occur among church folks, and that most of these probably go unnoticed by the world. Thank you for all your contributions to the daily devotionals. I read them twice or more for extra blessing.


    You bless me over and over with each writing. I can’t explain how I know most times that a devotional will be written by you, but you have a flare that touches my circumstances more often than not. Today’s little phrase about Jesus only can change sinners into servants opened my mind to a new and wonderful concept. I’ve been remiss in telling you how you bless me often, but now I do so.
    Blessings.


    I think it all begins with the simple prayer, “Lord, change me.” Then the joy of His presence changes our ordinary everyday life into something spectacular.


    Somehow I knew it was you that wrote this message before i read it all and saw your name.
    Thanks, John, for your many contributions. Please keep it up.


    Thanks John. I am guilty of anyone for not spreading my own miracle stories.


    Dear John Stuart,
    Yes, I am thankful to be reminded that Jesus still does miracles.
    I especially enjoy writings of miraculous events.
    Keep writing.

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