July 10, 2020
…and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew.
Who was this miracle for? The only people who knew what Jesus had done were Jesus, his disciples, and the servants. A very small and unimpressive circle for his grand revelation as the messiah. Yet we read in verse 11 that:
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.
He began revealing his glory quietly, reluctantly, and to the humblest of society. This story tells us so much about the way of Jesus and his revolutionary strategy. America is a culture obsessed with celebrity. Even simple social media platforms have become factories for creating and perpetuating fame. If we’re not careful, we can begin to believe that if we want to do something worthwhile in our lifetime, the camera needs to be on, the light needs to be flattering, and it needs to generate viral momentum – or it’s not worth doing.
As this story shows, that isn’t the way of Jesus. If Jesus was walking the earth right now, it seems unlikely that he would be a celebrity. In these 11 verses we observe instead a embodiment of the charge from Micah 6:8:
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Jesus, with every opportunity to make a big splash as a miracle working messiah, instead chooses a path of mercy and justice—having mercy on a poorly planned wedding at the request of his mother. He chooses to walk humbly, revealing himself first to servants and fishermen. What about you? Do you have the opportunity to walk in the way of Jesus today? Maybe you can choose to love a co-worker who is hard to get along with. Maybe you can serve someone without ever getting credit for your efforts. Maybe you can do the right thing even if it disrupts your plan for the day. In doing these things, you can continue to walk in the way of Jesus, and begin the slow work of transformation in your life and in the lives of those around you.