In the wedding at Cana (John 2), when Jesus performed his first public miracle, the disciples began to believe in him. Likewise, God wants to do miracles through us today so that others will believe in Jesus.
How fully do you really believe God’s Word? This video series is a Bible study of the Gospel of John to understand how to live the Christian life fully, complete with miracles and supernatural joy.
In the second Chapter of the Gospel of John, the first 12 verses we read about the Wedding at Cana – the first time Jesus performed a public miracle. You know the story: The host of the wedding ran out of wine too early before the party was over. The Blessed Mother’s there and she says to Jesus: “They have no wine.”
There’s an interesting exchange between Mary and Jesus there that I could give a whole other teaching on. However, what I want to focus on is this: “Mary, his mother said”, after talking to Jesus. She said to the servers, the wine stewards, “Do whatever he tells you.” We can work miracles in our lives. We who are followers of Christ, we have taken on the life of Christ, therefore we are called to do miracles. This particular Scripture helps us to know why, but the first thing I want to point out is that Mary says, “Do whatever he tells you.”
When we’re praying for a miracle, how often do we do whatever Jesus tells us to do through his word, through Church teachings? We have to line ourselves up in the ways of holiness, which by the way we can only do with the help of the Holy Spirit. So we need more of the Holy Spirit in our lives, as we need more holiness in our lives. When we are in that state of wanting to do God’s will, doing whatever he tells us, even if we don’t like it, even if it doesn’t make sense, even if it doesn’t seem logical, or fit with our plans – that needs to be the first place where our heart aligns up with Jesus, being willing to do whatever he tells us to do. And then after Jesus tells the wine stewards fill up the jugs with water and then he changes it to the best wine ever, at the very end of this story, it says, this is the verse 11, “Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and…” (here’s the important part for today) “…and so revealed his glory and his disciples began to believe in him.”
See, whenever Jesus reveals his glory or whenever we reveal the glory of Jesus to those around us, people begin to believe in him. It is not through our sufferings that people turn to Jesus. Yes, people who are not believers or people who are rejecting Jesus, people who are buying into the lies of the world, following the ways of the world, we need to reap what we sow, and there is suffering in that. When we stray down the wrong path, when we do immoral things we need to republish so, these are the chastisements that draw our attention to our need for God. But if we are trying to do whatever Jesus tells us to do, then those chastisements are not for us. We are not meant to suffer the same way as sinners suffer. We’ve been redeemed. We’ve been entered into, by what Jesus did, into his holiness and his miracles, and his power to work miracles.
The more we have the life of Christ in us the more miracles we should be seeing. That is normal Christian living. And why does it matter so much to God? Why does he want us to do miracles, to see miracles, and for others to see miracles worked through us? Because as it says in this story, others come to believe. First we ourselves grow in faith, but those around us that see the miracles, those that we give testimony to about the miracles that have happened in our lives, those who we minister to miraculously, they come to know Christ. Of course God wants to relieve our suffering. Anybody who has ever loved anybody and seen a loved one suffering, you know what it’s like. You want them to feel better.
Well God, who loves us even more than that, wants us to feel better. He wants to give us miracles, of course! It’s like, no duh! And one of the reasons is not just because of love, caring about how we are feeling and the pain, the suffering, whatever’s going on, but because it’s a witness that glorifies Jesus, and thereby brings others to Christ. So keep that in mind as you pray for the gift of miracles in your life.