Jesus’ first miraculous sign was at a wedding in a town called Cana (John 2). Jesus, his mom and his disciples were invited to the celebration. We have to keep in mind that weddings those days involved the whole community. It wasn’t just the couples’ event but the community’s event as well.
The most embarrassing thing was about to happen. The reception ran out of wine. In an honor-shame culture, this was a major concern. The family could lose influence, reputation and position in society.
Shame was about to take over until Jesus stepped into the situation.
Mary brought up the concern to her son and told the servants to do whatever He says. Jesus asked the servants to fill six stone water jars with water to the brim.
It is important to note that when Jesus performs a miracle, He makes sure that it’s complete to the brim. He makes everything complete, perfect and beautiful in His time.
When the master of the feast tasted the wine, he was so impressed with the superior quality for usually, it’s the best that is brought out first and when the guests have had lots, then they bring out the next best. But in this instance, they seemed to save the best for last.
When we walk with Christ, our relationship with Him gets better and sweeter each and every day. I didn’t say circumstances are always great, but because we are in Christ, our relationship will get better and sweeter each and every day.
Proverbs 4:18 tells us that
With Christ, the best is always yet to come!
What Jesus did averted the potential shame the couple and their family. Jesus rescued them from certain and costly shame and in effect restored their honor. As it turned out, Jesus would do all the work only for someone else to get the credit for His work.
The people had no clue where the wine came from.
The master of the feast had no clue where it came from.
The bride and groom had no clue either.
But what Jesus performed, someone else got the credit for.
That’s the work of the gospel.
And the shame, Jesus averted.
And to this day, Jesus continues to redeem us from shame.
Things that we did or done to us.
Words that caused pain.
Deeds that offend.
Thoughts that hurt.
But all that, Jesus took upon Himself on the cross, suffered for what He didn’t even commit.
Jesus took our shame and replaced it with honor.
As Isaiah 61:7 said,
What we were unable to restore, Jesus does.
As we repent from our sin the Bible promises that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is gone and the new has come.
Heavenly Father, thank You for what You continue to redeem me from. You did not only redeem me from my guilt and sin. You also redeem my life from all the shame and mess ups I’ve experienced. And for that, I am eternally grateful. May my life be a demonstration of gratitude for all You’ve done. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.