In his book, The Healing Promise, Richard Mayhue says that healing miracles in the Bible were known by 6 characteristics. They were 1). Immediate 2). Public 3). They took place on ordinary, unplanned occasions 4). They included illnesses that were untreatable by the medical community 5). They were complete and irreversible 6). They were undeniable, even to detractors.
In John 2, it says that Jesus performed a miracle. He went to a wedding in Cana and, in order to help out the young couple, He changed water into wine. And, even though it was not a healing miracle, it was similar in many respects. For example, it was immediate and public. It took place on an ordinary, unplanned occasion and it was complete and irreversible. It was also undeniable, even to detractors.
The point is that it was an amazing event. Nothing had been seen like it before or since. The servants were amazed. The headwaiter was amazed. The disciples saw His glory and “believed in Him” (verse 11). And we learn a lot from it. For example, we learn that Jesus is not against celebrations. J. C. Ryle said “It is a positive misfortune . . . when a Christian cannot smile” because Jesus smiled right here. He was happy for this young family. It also teaches us how compassionate He was. Cana was a small town and these people were so poor that they ran out of wine on their Wedding Day, yet Jesus did not overlook them. He did not turn them away. Instead, He showed them mercy.
But would you like to see a miracle today? You can see one right here in John 2. Would you like to learn more about the first wonder that Jesus ever performed? The one that showed us His happiness and His mercy towards the poor? Come join us this Sunday morning at 9:30 as we study that together. We meet at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. Bring your Bibles and a hungry heart and a smile. – Jeremy Cagle