But as miracles go, it was a semi-private miracle, apparently more or less for Jesus’ disciples who, seeing what he did, “put their trust in him”.
Hard to know what the servants thought. Would have been interesting to be one of them. So Mary gets Jesus to solve the problem at the party, the disciples see that Jesus is pretty awesome– able to make wine out of water. Who wouldn’t follow a guy who can do that? Pretty cool.
It wasn’t Jesus time, but Jesus made the most of it, and helped out the groom, who had no idea how it happened. Its almost like the anonymous miracle.
Many contemporary church movement/management theorists would proably chastise Jesus for not capitalizing on this potential seeker-attractor event. I mean, can you imagine how many people who generally are not interested in religion would listen to a guy who can make water wine? A lot, thats how many! But Jesus doesn’t capitalize, the miracle goes underutilized for evangelistic purposes, and thats OK, because what Jesus does is the right thing to do, regardless of Church growth theory.
One thing I take from this miracle is that God has timing, and you want to go with that timing, and not just do what seems to be most efficient or effective. Second, if even Jesus seems to get pulled into situations he wasn’t counting on– like when his mother gets him involved to help solve a local wine shortage at a party– which lead to good and to blessings for others (the party and his disciples) then we should sort of expect that God can work in the weird situations we find ourselves in, and expect that whether we can foresee it or not, we are here for God’s purposes, whatever they are.
This will always be one of my favorite miracles, not only because Jesus turned water to wine, but because it seems almost happenstance, although it had a purpose, and good came from it. That seems to be the way much of life seems: it appears happenstance, although it often has a purpose, and good can come from it. Especially when we are living by faith…
May God have mercy on us all, and may God bestow on one of my friends the ability to turn water into wine…