Mary, the mother of Jesus, was attending the wedding festivities of a close friend in Cana. Mary was helping her friend with the food and wine when Mary saw that they hadn’t ordered enough to serve the guests for the whole feast. If they ran out of wine, the wedding party would be cut short. Mary knew that Jesus was teaching close by. She sent a young boy to go and bring Jesus to the wedding. When Jesus learned that His mother needed His help, He quickly set off to find her. His disciples followed. When they arrived at the wedding, Mary embraced her son.
“Thank you for coming to help us!” she cried.
“There isn’t enough wine for the party, and there isn’t time to buy more!”
“Tell me what you would like me to do,” said Jesus. “My hour is not yet come, and until then I am here to serve you.” Mary smiled gratefully. Then she turned to the servants.
“Do whatever he asks you to do,” she instructed, and then she hurried off to tell her friend that Jesus would solve their problem. Focusing on the large, water pots that were used for ritual hand washing, Jesus created a plan.
“Take these water pots and fill them to the brim with water,” Jesus instructed the head servant. Confused, the servants did as instructed wondering how water could possibly help. It was custom to serve the best wine at the beginning of the feast, and then as the night drew on to serve the lower quality wine. By then, no one would notice the taste. But surely, the guests would notice they were drinking water and not wine!
“Good,” said Jesus, after seeing all the water pots had been filled.
“Now bring them to the governor, and give him some to drink.” The head servant was in disbelief. He had heard Mary’s son was powerful, but He hadn’t even touched the water pots, let alone worked a miracle! How could he, the head of staff, knowingly bring water to the governor to taste? Yet, he had been instructed by Mary to do whatever Jesus asked, and he could not disobey his master’s guest. Resigned, the head servant and a few others carried a water pot to the front of the crowd and served the governor. As soon as he had tasted the liquid, the governor called out to the groom, the servants fearing what he might say.
“I see you have been saving the best wine for last!” called the governor, laughing and saluting the groom with his glass. The servants looked and saw the waterpots were now filled with wine. They looked around in awe to see where Jesus had gone and saw that He was at His mother’s side, listening to her.