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Lessons From Jesus' First Miracle

Updated on January 12, 2017

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. (John 2:11)

Jesus' First Miracle

Most Christians are familiar with Jesus' first miracle found in John 2:1-12. Jesus changed water to wine at the wedding at Cana in Galilee. What Christians might not be aware of is that there are lessons to be learned from Jesus' first miracle. There are also life applications to be followed.

  • What are those lessons?
  • What are the life applications?

Wedding at Cana
Wedding at Cana | Source

The Invitation (John 2:1-2)

Jesus was invited to the wedding at Cana. If Jesus had not been invited to the wedding, the miracle would not have taken place when the host ran out of wine. Jesus was where He was needed to be at that particular time.

The first lesson is to invite Jesus into every area of our lives if we sincerely want His miracles.

Weddings in the Bible lasted an entire week with lots of people celebrating. Therefore, a lot of wine was needed. According to the scripture, it was on the third day when the host ran out of wine which would have been a disappointment and an embarrassment if the wine had not been replenished.

The Intercession (John 2:3-4)

At the wedding in Cana, when the host ran out of wine, Mary the mother of Jesus made it known to Jesus. Mary quietly told Her Son that all the wine had been consumed and there was none life. Mary interceded by telling Jesus. When Jesus found out about the need, He interceded and did something about it.

The second step for a miracle is to make our requests known to Him.

Wedding at Cana
Wedding at Cana | Source

The Instructions (John 2:5)

Jesus could have sent out for wine or He could have called forth wine. Instead, He chose to perform a miracle. He gave specific instructions to the servants while His disciples looked on. Mary, the mother of Jesus, told the servants to do whatever Jesus commanded them to do.

The third step is to be obedient and do whatever Jesus says to do. It was the servants' obedience that enabled the miracle to be performed. It is always wise to obey the instructions that the Lord gives us even if the instructions don't make sense to us at the time.

Barrels or waterpots
Barrels or waterpots | Source

The Instruments (John 2:6)

Throughout the gospels, Jesus used ordinary things to perform miracles. Water was the instrument that was available to perform a miracle at the wedding in Cana. Jesus looked around and saw six waterpots, and He told the servants to fill them to the brim. Notice, He did not use His disciples because the disciples were

Notice, He did not use His disciples because the disciples were invited guests. Besides, Jesus wanted His disciples to witness the miracle without being part of the miracle.

Leave it up to Jesus to use what is available in your life to perform a miracle.

The Imbide (John 2:9)

When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, he didn't know where it had come from. He described the wine as being better than was had been served before. He concluded usually the best wine is served first before men get drunk, but in this case, the best wine had been kept until the end.

Whatever Jesus does is alway better than anything man can do.

Lessons From Jesus' First Miracle

Scripture
Lesson
Life Application
John 2:1-2
Jesus was invited to a wedding.
Make sure you invite Jesus into every area of your life.
John 2:3-4
The host ran out of wine and Mary asked Jesus to intercede.
Let Jesus know you want Him to help you out in your lack.
John 2:5
Jesus gave specific instructions.
Follow the instructions Jesus gives.
John 2:6
Jesus used whatever was on hand to perform His first miracle.
Allow Jesus to use whatever is available to help you.
John 2:9
The host tasted the wine and said it was better than what had been served before.
What Jesus does is better than what man can do.
Glasses of wine
Glasses of wine | Source

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 8 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Jay C OBrien, for your comment!

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      Jay C OBrien 8 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      The lesson from this story is, "Learn to share." Jesus did not make wine out of thin air. He diluted existing wine with water to serve more people. I do this myself. I put a little water in my wine and it tastes better to me. You might say Jesus was of a socialist mindset. Avoid rich vs. poor; encourage the middle class with Sharing of wealth.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 8 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Tamarajo, thank you so much for reading and commenting on this hub. I am a Bible teacher so it came easy for me to write the article and design the chart.

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      Tamarajo 8 months ago

      I sincerely enjoyed this lesson and application. The concluding chart was a nice way to tie it all together.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 8 months ago from Richmond, VA

      MsDora, I love you for reading and commenting on my hubs. I had been away from HubPages for a while, but since my return, you have read and commented on every new hub I have written. Thank you so much. Until next time...

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 8 months ago from The Caribbean

      All good lessons, too easily overlooked. Thank you for highlighting them.