Text: This the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed His glory and, His disciples put their faith in Him (John 2:11 NIV)
The Gospel appointed for this Sunday tells us about the story of the wedding in Cana of Galilee to which Jesus was invited. As there was insufficient wine to go round the guests, Jesus attention was drawn to the situation by His mother. Jesus asked His disciple to fill the nearby water jars with water which He later turned into wine to the surprise of all.
The incident is of a particular importance in that it was at the wedding that Christ performed His first miracle (turning water into wine) and His glory was manifested. On seeing this, His disciples put their trust in Him. What does the Scripture mean when it says “He thus revealed His glory?” By this, it means the disclosure of the person, power and greatness of Christ.
Christ, then, is the incarnate God, who dwelt with us for our salvation. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature (Col. 2:15). It is through Him that everything in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible was made (John. 1:3; Col. 2:16). He is before all things and by Him all things consist (Col. 1:17). He is the head of the body the Church, who is the beginning, the first born from the dead (Col. 1:18). Of His glory no one can say enough. It is beyond description.
Just as His (Christ) disciples were moved to believe Him at the manifestation of His of His glory, we are also called to believe in Him. It is only in believing in Him sharing in His glory in the hereafter. What does it entail to believe in Him? It entails:
- A strong belief, leading to acknowledgement of God’s revelation.
- Personal surrender
- A conduct inspired by such surrender.
The resultant effect of believing in Christ and conducting our lives in accordance to His ways is that of reflecting His (Christ) glory (2 Cor. 3:18). As one reflects Christ’s glory, it is highly imperative to witness to the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ to others, so that they too will come to have faith in Him and be saved (Matt. 28:19-20)
This is the task given to believers to be accomplished for the Lord, so that His knowledge and glory will cover the world as the waters cover the sea.
The Almighty God who gave out the task has also provided the means of accomplishing it in form of the Spiritual gifts given to all Christians. His promise to all who believe in His Son Jesus Christ is that He will never leave them nor forsake them (Heb. 13:5; Matt. 28:20).
The Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D