KEY TEXT: John 2:9-11 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now." This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
KEY THOT: The context of this miracle is a wedding banquet, a “marketplace” activity, not religious meeting. God’s work is not confined to church work: this shows us what marketplace ministry looks like. It is simply bringing Jesus into to solve marketplace problem so that His name may be glorified. Mary was a marketplace minister: when she saw that the wine had run out, she immediately present her request before Jesus (prayer) and ask for His intervention. She didn’t tell Jesus how He should resolve this problem. Instead, she simply asked the servants to do whatever He told them. And sure enough, Jesus told the servants to fill the six stone jars used for the Jewish rites with water and then draw out some for the master of the feast. The servants were obedient and did as told—and that was when the miracle occurred: the water turned into wine.
When we ask Jesus to intervene in our marketplace problem, He will—and the effect would often become a sign and pointer to Christ as Saviour. As a result of this work of turning water into wine, the disciples believed that He was truly whom He said He was—the Son of God.
We should never leave Jesus in the church: he is perfectly comfortable in the marketplace. In fact, most of his miracles were done in the “marketplace” (non-religious setting): in people’s homes, on the streets, and out in the fields—where people live their work-a-day life. When we bring Jesus into our marketplace problems, we turn problem into praise and sceptics into seekers.
Father, help us to invite Jesus into our “marketplace” of homes, workplaces, campuses and communities. May Your intervention turn all our problems into praise, so that our non-believing friends might believe. Amen.