"Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you."
"Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you." (Matthew 7:7)
Many Christians have long found comfort in the words of Jesus. When confused, upset, or feeling alone, the above encouraging spiritual quote from Matthew has given countless people the motivation to keep going and take solace in God. These words can also be used to shed light on the meaning of the very first miracle that Jesus performed.
The turning of the water into wine during the Wedding at Cana, on top of the fact that it is traditionally considered to be Jesus' first miracle, is also thought to have been the start of His public ministry. The miracle is mentioned only in the Gospel of John, but there is no doubt about its importance and impact on Christianity.
The Marriage at Cana has been interpreted in a variety of different ways over the centuries. There are some points of contention and debate over issues such as where it happened and what Jesus' words mean. Some even consider it a nod to the idea that a little bit of wine is okay for Christians as long as you are a collector.
But what does Jesus' first miracle have to say about how God seeks to be involved in your life and about how you should go about establishing that relationship? Let's take a close look at the miracle and find out.
What Does This Miracle Mean?
The story of the Wedding at Cana carries obvious surface meaning about the divinity of Jesus, but there is no doubt that, like many Gospel stories, it carries a deep meaning for the life of the individual believer as well. The story seems to say that:
1) God wants to be involved in all aspects of your life
Many people think that one should only turn to God with deep struggles and hardships, but what this miracle seems to be saying is that God wants to be involved in all aspects of your life. Nothing is too trivial to be taken to God. The fact that the wine ran out at the wedding would have been embarrassing for the hosts, but it would have been a passing issue with no lasting negative effects. Nevertheless, God intervened.
2) You need to ask for His help
In John's retelling of the miracle, Jesus was reluctant to do anything because His time had "not yet come." Nevertheless, Mary simply had faith that Jesus could correct the situation if she asked Him to. She was willing to make her intentions known and was not afraid to ask for the help that she needed. Mary may be the Mother of God, but in this story she serves as an example to every single one of us, showing us that we can turn to God for help.
3) You need to follow His guidance
When Jesus instructed the servants to fill up six jars with water, they followed His instructions and not only ended up with wine, but with the best tasting wine at the wedding. This seems to say that if you follow God with an open heart, then He will not only provide you with what you need, but in more abundance than you ever expected.
Soren Kierkegaard, an influential 19th century philosopher and Christian theologian, said it best when he said that "Faith is convinced that God is concerned about the smallest things." He did not mean to trivialize faith, but rather to point out its power and ability to encompass the whole of life. It seems that John may have been trying to say the same thing.