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Faith: The sign at Cana

In our lives our Lord Jesus desires to bless us, and we can trace His good will back to the Garden of Eden where He created man to live in a state of perfection.

There, at His creation He established marriage, the home and blessed man with children even after man fell into sin. Jesus, therefore, remains the originator, perfector and tireless friend of marriage and the home, but likewise is the ardent enemy of home-destroyers.

To this point, the topic of home and family have been under severe attack in our culture where there's a wanton, reckless denial of the home being built upon His divine union of man and woman in marriage. People foolishly have forgotten that as our Creator He is an enemy of those who subvert His order of creation for marriage, home and children.

Too many have forgotten this: "Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. ... Lo, children are a heritage from the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. ..." (Ps. 126)

The Christian home accordingly is built on His word, faith in Him and loyalty to His kingdom. Indeed, the Christian home is a place for our Savior's blessings as the sign of Cana reminds us!

The wedding at Cana records the first sign Jesus did during His public ministry (John 2:1-11 ESV). And since this took place at a marriage celebration it points to Jesus's love for husbands, wives and children.

So let's take a look at it. Jesus was an honored guest and Mary was among the wedding party. Jesus arrived with His disciples and all seemed well until Mary tells Jesus, "They have no wine." To which Jesus responded in what appears a rude way, "Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come."

That is, until we understand He was reminding her that He would only act upon His heavenly Father's timing, and that moment had not arrived. In other words, "As the Christ, I will take care of this, just as I will handle the sins of the world on my cross according to my Father's timing."

So Jesus at the right moment called for some large pots to be filled with water and then turned it into wine, the best wine as the head waiter confessed. From this heavenly sign, then, we find that in the humblest home to the grandest palace Jesus desires to bless our lives, but more so offers us something greater, the forgiveness of our sin and the gift of eternal life.

Clearly, Jesus desires to gives us the very best, for making water into wine is a simple thing for Him. It's simple because the sign of Cana reveals the great truth that He is God who has power over life, death, His creation and certainly over our eternal destinies as this verse reveals, "This, the first of His signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And His disciples believed in him."

Jesus changed the water into wine that we might believe He is our Savior God who has the power to redeem us from our sin, which He surely did when He shed His blood on the cross.

So we can conclude from the sign at Cana that Jesus our Savior and friend wants to be found in our homes, and in our lives. He wants us to believe in Him and trust that He desires to bless us with all His goodness.

But, if you chose to live life apart from Him, if you reject Him, His word and His commands, if you prefer your own ways rather than living according to His divine will, then, you will find that it's not Jesus who denies you His blessings, but you who refuse to receive those He so graciously wishes to bestow upon you.

God's blessings!