Yesterday, I wrote about the Wedding at Cana and how it puzzled me. The postscript to that episode is arresting and moving and worth its own look.
|Hebert Translation||Nestle-Aland 27|
|Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee and revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.||Ταύτην ἐποίησεν ἀρχὴν τῶν σημείων ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐν Κανὰ τῆς Γαλιλαίας καὶ ἐφανέρωσεν τὴν δόξαν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐπίστευσαν εἰς αὐτὸν οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ.|
What a remarkable moment. Jesus revealed his glory. What does this word “glory” really mean? If Jesus’ glory has been revealed, where do we find it?
For me, glory is a question of beauty, and beauty is a fickle beast to define, for it is in the eye of the beholder. Much that is beautiful escapes definition, and the beauty of Jesus is that type of beauty — the type that will not be captured in words.
This inexplicable, uncontainable beauty was revealed when Jesus turned water into a remarkable vintage at a wedding in the relative backwater of Galilee. Part of this beauty lies in Jesus service and his willingness to give beyond our imaginations.
Consider this. Jesus broke the rules by giving a remarkably delicious wine after most of the guests were beyond the ability to tell the difference between enological ecstasy and run-of-the-mill rotgut. His gift to the party was beyond the master’s wildest dreams.
When his disciples saw that Jesus wanted to give great gifts and saw that he had tremendous power, they believed in him and pledged themselves to follow him.
What will it take for us to pledge ourselves to his service? What gifts would he have to give us?
Speaking from the perspective of a rather typical 21st century American, I can say that my initial fancies have to do with money and materials: a Ferrari, Neverland Ranch, etc. But, I think I am barking up the wrong tree.
As we will learn later in the Gospel of John, Jesus has come to give the ultimate gift: Life Eternal.
What great possibilities exist when we consider the prospect of life eternal?