Authenticity of a Miracle (John 2:9-11)

John 2:9-11


9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.


            The miracle of Jesus turning water to wine at the wedding feast is a great picture of the glory of Christ. Sometimes, people will diminish the beauty of miracles by trying to come up with ways to explain them away, to make them somehow less than supernatural. For example, some try to pretend that the water was colored by something making it resemble wine or that Jesus added a little wine to the water and tricked the people with colored and slightly flavored water. But this is absurd.


            Years ago, I worked on a paper and later a sermon on this passage. While doing the work, I ran across eight different facts that speak to the authenticity of this miracle:


1.      Water jars were used rather than old wineskins; thus no wine had been in them that could have colored the water to make it look like wine.

2.      Jesus never touches the jars or the water; thus showing that he could not have added anything to color the water.

3.      The servants are always present; thus Jesus could not have done anything tricky when no one was looking.

4.       Jesus commands the servants to fill the jars, and they fill them to the brim; thus they did not allow room for any liquid to be added to the water and color it. 

5.      Jesus orders the water that had been turned to wine to be drawn out immediately; thus not allowing time for anything to be added to the water.

6.      The headwaiter is who tastes the wine; thus showing an honest authentication from someone who had no idea what was happening with the water and jars.

7.      The headwaiter attests to the high quality of the wine; thus demonstrating that this was not merely colored water.

8.      The six jars held a total of between 120 and 180 gallons of wine (approximately 2,000 4 oz. glasses worth); thus showing that there is no possible way that Jesus or anyone else could have secretly brought more wine.