MIRACLES: The Wedding Wine John 2:1-12

Jesus' first miracle, as told in John 2, was the turning of water into wine. Not just any wine, but "the good wine."

Miracles are all around us. The trouble is, we often don't know they are miracles until AFTER they've happened.

What was the last miracle you saw?

Was it the birth of a child? Or a grandchild?

Was it the rising of the sun this morning?

Was it the blooming of a flower in Spring?

A chalice, the cup of redemption

You are probably familiar with a chalice. In church, it is used to hold the wine during the sacrament of communion.

"Chalice" is a word that goes back more than 1,200 years. In it's earliest uses, in Middle English, around 900 A.D., the word "calici" was used to mean "cup."

Today, the chalice represents and holds the blood of Christ, poured out for the forgiveness of sins.

Both the miracle at the wedding in Cana and the chalice point to the possibility of transformation. Miracles are miracles because they have transformed the ordinary or expected into the extraordinary or unexpected.

It appears that Jesus passed through this store.

Transformation, by its very definition, means change. There are, of course, things in all of our lives that we'd like to change: losing some weight, stopping smoking, speaking more kindly with others, forgiving others (and yourself) more often.

Change can be difficult. That's why we need the sacrament of communion. In The United Methodist Church, a sacrament is "ordained by Christ" and "symbols and pledges of the Christian's profession and of God's love toward us. They are means of grace by which God works invisibly in us." (2016 Book of Discipline, para. 104, Article VI.)

When we take the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, we are strengthened in our faith for the journey of transformation. That, in itself, is a miracle when you think about it.

With transformation comes growth.

Not everyone will like the transformations that happen in people when they become a new creation in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17) It is often easier for others to see us only as we were, not as we are now. An alcoholic, for example, who is suddenly sober may find themselves distanced from their former drinking buddies.

But growth in Christ requires change; it requires transformation. Once a person has accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, how can they not change?

Like water than has been changed into wine, transformation itself is a miracle.

So.... Where do YOU see miracles?

Look for miracles everywhere. Because that's where you'll find them.

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Erik Alsgaard
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