Have you ever watched a magician? Whether pulling a rabbit out of a hat, sawing someone in half or pulling the right card from a deck, we marvel at their feats. We puzzle over them and say, “how’d they do that?” Though they sometimes look miraculous, they are not. Read a book on magic and you can see how the feats are performed.
The miracles Jesus performed were different. He did not rehearse or perform on a stage surrounded by distractions. Take the very first miracle of Jesus recorded – changing water into wine at a wedding celebration. The hosts had run out of wine. Jesus’ mother informed him of the fact. She seemed to expect him to do something. The story is told in John 2:1-11. Jesus had large jars filled with water. When the water was dipped out, it had become high-quality wine. Verse 11 summarizes the event this way: “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)
This miracle displayed Jesus’ power over nature. Several others would follow, such as walking on water. I also find it interesting that this miracle was not some grand parting of the sea. Nor did it save any lives or heal anyone. Jesus just wanted people to celebrate a wedding. This miracle reminds us that God has the power to intervene, even in simple things. Remember that when you pray!
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