Jesus must have been around 30 years old, when he got known among the bigger audience. He was baptized by his cousin John the Precursor (John the Baptist) in the Jordan river. During Jesus’ baptism, the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended like a dove from heaven and Jesus rested (read John 1:19-34). It all had been very special and a small group of people began to follow Jesus. The first place where this group of friends could be found was at a wedding.
How symbolic it is, that a wedding was the place to be for Jesus. He was present at a feast, where the love of two people is being bound. Besides Jesus, also His mother, family and friends can be found at the party. It is not clear whether the couple had a limited budget, but one moment during the wedding, the couple ran out of wine. That is not convenient, especially in a culture in the Middle East. Jesus decided to do something about it.
It actually is very special that specifically this moment is the first miracle that Jesus performed. He provided that a young couple could start off firmly, by taking good care of their wedding guests. ‘Through this, Jesus showed his greatness and His disciples believed in Him,’ says John 2.
To think about: what do you learn about the priorities Jesus makes in a story like this? And what can you take from it if it comes to your own priorities?