Lenten Devotional: Monday, March 11

Psalm 41Psalm 52Psalm 44Deuteronomy 8:11-20
Hebrews 2:11-18
John 2:1-12

And on the third day there was a marriage… This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. John 2:1; 11

A marriage celebration. A wedding feast. Such a happy occasion where every detail – the weather, the clothes, the flowers, the music, the caterer – all must be perfect to honor a union. At the wedding in Cana of Galilee attended by Mary, Jesus and his disciples, something goes wrong. Jesus and his disciples ask for wine, and Mary tells him “They have no wine.” The wedding party just ran of wine… no Costco or Sam’s Club in sight… and although Jesus reminds Mary “mine hour is not yet come” she wisely directs the servants to do so as Jesus says. He turns filled waterpots into wine. The first miracle that Jesus did was at a gathering of family and friends, a simple kindness perhaps, but so much more. Evidently, his time had finally come to be the Son of God and demonstrate that authority in the world.

The turning of water into wine, really good wine as wedding guests attested, was the first public display of the power of God manifested as Jesus. And this first miracle was witnessed by his disciples, who believed in him, and remembered. Jesus took cool refreshing water and made it something enriched and intoxicating. At the start of his ministry, what a powerful symbol of the power of Spirit over this physical world.

When the Holy Spirit works within us, it is exhilarating and freeing and intoxicating. We are released from the fetters of this life and propelled forward in service to God.

This Lent, find your moment of miracle… be touched and moved by Spirit… know that Christ is working within you to draw you out and draw you up, and make you more for the Glory of God.