“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)
Here John explains clearly why Jesus did miracles or signs. Their main purpose was to certify Him as the Messiah. Performing these miracles pointed to Him as the Son of God, God the Son. Was it important for Jesus to produce wine from water at the Cana Wedding Feast? No, that is not the point. It is not even the point that He cared for the wedding family and didn’t want to see them embarrassed. No, He performed this, His first miracle, to reveal His glory to His disciples. The Faith Journey for the disciples really began here. They began to see that this Jesus was truly different. He was not simply a wise Rabbi to follow. He was more, much more.
What does it take for us to begin our Faith Journey? We may have begun that journey at our baptism. We may have come to faith as adults. What miracle did Jesus perform to get us to trust in Him? For us today, that miracle is the Word of God. The Word of God is more powerful than any two edged sword, or any miracle, to bring us to trust Jesus. It happens every moment around this world. Someone picks up the Word of God and God does a miracle in their heart bringing them to trust Jesus. They don’t experience some outward show but an inward glow. They become His followers, disciples, forever.
Heavenly Father, renew Your glow within us. Renew our trust in Your Son, our Lord and Savior. You have already created faith within us, now strengthen it and embolden us to be Your witnesses to the world. Let us be the messengers of Your life changing Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Robert Forsberg is retired from Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn and is a guest columnist.