Jesus’ First Miracle

Today we read of Jesus’ first miracle in the Gospel of John—the turning of the water into wine at a wedding feast in Cana. When thinking of Jesus’ other miracles—the healing of the sick, the casting out of demons, the raising of the dead, calming storms and walking on water—this one seems to be a strange one. Why is it included? As we may remember, John doesn’t refer to any of the “miracles’ in his gospel as such. Rather, he calls them “signs.” And as he writes in verse 11—the turning of the water into wine is “the first of the signs through which he [Jesus] revealed his glory.” The glory, as we read back in John 1, of the “one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (1:14) And as a result, the disciples believed