John 2:1-12 The 1st ‘God-like’ miracle;- water into wine

Give God Time Devotional

Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn…

‘water into wine’

A Word in your ear. 

John 2:1-12 The 1st ‘Godlike’ miracle;- water into wine


Let’s slow right down to look at this story in detail as John saw it as being so important that he recorded it in his gospel in spite of writing that he had left out so much other material, (John 21:25).

John saw what the other disciples hadn’t. John wrote about WHO Jesus was, by his selection of material. This is the first of 3 miracles showing the ‘Godlike’ nature of Jesus’ miracles. Jesus performed miracles that no one could be in any doubt that only God could do. In this story, Jesus was the creator AGAIN by turning ordinary well water into wine, instantly! 

1. On Tuesday there was a wedding at Kanah (Cana) in the Galil (Galilee); and the mother of Yeshua (Jesus) was there. 

The Complete Jewish Bible tells us that it is a Tuesday because the Greek says it is the ‘third day’ (as the 1st day of the week is what we call Sunday.) Jesus had just arrived in Galilee, Jn. 1:43.

It is now AD 26. Roman records show that the census took place in 4 BC which is what caused Joseph to take Mary and the unborn Jesus to go to Bethlehem! So Jesus was already 4 years old by the church’s new calendar of the year ‘0’. 

As Jesus was immersed by John the Baptist (which had just happened) and as He started His ministry at age 30,  it means this story happened in the year 26 AD.

2 Yeshua (Jesus) too was invited to the wedding, along with his talmidim (disciples)

3 The wine ran out, and Yeshua’s (Jesus’) mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

Jesus had gone to Galilee and went to a wedding. Mary felt a responsibility for the  shortage of wine. (Maybe she felt responsible as it was a family wedding, which would explain it and there is no sign of Joseph, so maybe she was a widow already. Although that it’s not explained for sure, it helps me to make sense of why Mary should feel personally responsible. 

4 Yeshua (Jesus) replied, “Mother, why should that concern me? — or you? My time hasn’t come yet.” 

The other translations translate the Greek here as ‘Woman’. Only this version translates it as ‘Mother’. Why? Because when it is translated into English, it comes across as being rude, but in the Greek it isn’t at all. The Complete Jewish Bible is making sure that it does not give the wrong impression by translating so accurately that Jesus could be  misunderstood in it’s translated form. Having said that, the Greek word used here is ‘Woman’; but in translation into English, it loses the perfectly correct sense in which it is being used. Remember too that as Jesus existed before coming to earth, Mary became the way the Son of God came into the world as a human, so that He could die as a human for us. In that sense, Jesus is the only person who CHOSE to be born – as He pre-existed. Remember the words of Jesus on the cross to Mary, ‘Woman, here is your son…’ (John 19), when he wanted Mary to be cared for by his best friend, John, as Joseph had died. 

5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 

Mary knew enough to take the problem to Jesus, knowing He could fix it! Mary knew that only Jesus could help, and not her biological sons!

6 Now six stone water-jars were standing there for the Jewish ceremonial washings, each with a capacity of twenty or thirty gallons. 

(120-180 gallons total altogether!)

7 Yeshua (Jesus) told them, “Fill the jars with water,” and they filled them to the brim. 8 He said, “Now draw some out, and take it to the man in charge of the banquet”; and they took it.

9 The man in charge tasted the water; it had now turned into wine! He did not know where it had come from, but the servants who had drawn the water knew. So he called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone else serves the good wine first and the poorer wine after people have drunk freely. But you have kept the good wine until now!” 

Jesus CREATED AGAIN, this time by turning ordinary well water into wine, instantly. 

An artist’s reflection called, ‘water into wine’.

WATER                    INTO                         WINE 

Jesus turned water into wine because it was Mary who was anxious. We see from v.12 that Mary and her biological sons were at this wedding, (perhaps even making this a family wedding, as Mary also had a daughter and yet she was not with the after wedding get away group mentioned in v.12!) 

11 This, the first of Yeshua’s miraculous signs, he did at Kanah (Cana) in the Galil (Galilee); he manifested his glory, and his talmidim (disciples) came to trust in him. 

This miracle revealed something of Jesus’ glory and resulted in the disciples putting their trust in Jesus. Mary already had as she said ‘do whatever He tells you’.

12 Afterwards, he, his mother and brothers, and his talmidim (disciples) went down to K’far-Nachum (Capernaum) and stayed there a few days.

Never again did Jesus ‘stay a few days’ to have family time with Mary and her biological children. It must have been a bit like a farewell. Mary’s husband had already passed away, and as Jesus was leaving home He would no longer be the provider. Mary’s adult sons would be in charge of the carpenter’s shop. By joining the pieces of the jig puzzle together, it seems Jesus created this family ‘time out’ to act as a family farewell. We don’t see another family ‘get away’ recorded. It was the last time Jesus was with them as a family as the next thing that happens is that Jesus started His ministry. 

Whilst dying on the cross, Jesus asked John to adopt Mary as his mother – so maybe Mary’s natural-born sons were all married by then. Jesus only entrusted Mary to His most reliable friend – John the Apostle.


John wanted everyone to know about the Godlike miracles of Jesus. Jesus created wine out of water in an instant! This was the first God-like miracle which John wanted all to know about! 

Worship and Prayer. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11). Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.


  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority’ – maybe for Christians in India!)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Today’s Verse…

John 2:9The man in charge tasted the water; it had now turned into wine!’  

Today’s Challenge

v. 5 His mother said to the wedding staff, “Do whatever he tells you.” 

That was faith! She knew only Jesus could help and whatever He said had to be obeyed.

The former Anglican bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend David Jenkins was promoted by the Archbishop of Canterbury in spite of not believing in the miracles. Some Anglican clergy, like Bishop David Jenkins, didn’t believe in the God-like miracles which John wrote about. If you have a voice in the Anglican church, do you speak up? History books record that John the Apostle refused to even get into the same public baths as a heretical church leader. Mary believed, because she said ‘ “Do whatever he tells you.” Her faith was rewarded. Joshua famously said, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”Joshua 24:15. The bottom line is, just whose side are WE on?