Brandee, Topanga, Tehillah & I recently returned from a weekend away in Naramata, BC, with 52 members of my family. It was an incredible weekend of family. Most of us work in the same family business, so it’s nice to get away from work and just have fun together.
Naramata, located in BC’s Okanagan region, is often referred to as Napa North, as the wines from this region of BC rival those found in California’s Napa Valley. One of my life dreams is to own a vineyard, and as we drove for thirty minutes through beautiful vineyards, my mind was wandering, simultaneously daydreaming of both the future and a time long, long ago….
In John 2:1-11, we read about Jesus’ first miracle, the turning of water into wine at a wedding in a place called Cana. The long and the short of it? Jesus took dirty water and instantly, miraculously turned it into the finest wine!
When I read that passage, and think about it a bit deeper, all I can do is wonder what it tasted like…what would wine made through the miraculous power of God taste like? It had to have been amazing! The guests of the wedding confirm this, praising the director of the feast for saving the best for last, rather than switching to the cheap stuff once everyone had their fill.
Jesus’ first miracle often gets ignored, or at least passed by quickly by teachers/scholars because of our tendency to go all self-righteous on Jesus, getting caught in debate over whether it was alcoholic wine he made miraculously, or whether or not he drank it…or, whatever! It was a miracle, an amazing act of power by an amazing God. We spend more time reading the commentary one these verses than we do reading the words of Jesus. The fact of the matter is, He did it. He turned water into wine. And that is amazing.
Don’t let Jesus’ miracles become lost in a sea of self-righteous-red-tape! Maybe that’s why we experience miracles less today.
Stop spending all your time reading the labels. Taste the miracle.