“The master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside.” John 2:9
Jesus Christ performs the first miracle of his short ministry. He will perform thousands of them in his brief work on planet Earth. This miracle was done silently, there was absolutely no fanfare or hoopla. (What a contrast for ministry today!)
Silently, quietly, much like he does today, he touches the hearts of thousands of men and women. I wouldn’t have done it this way, I would’ve advertised, had the 12 disciples out doing some PR work, maybe some autographs and definitely make it quite the show!
He is not in the storm, or the fire, or an earthquake. That is not the way he operates (but he can). He comes quietly in a still, small voice to our confused hearts. Silently help comes to us, and silently the answers to our prayers glide down to us. Not a shred of ostentation; no gaudy bows or ribbons. When Jesus is ministering to someone who is in a horrible fix, he does it peaceably–quietly and calmly. He is infinitely gentle.
It is significant that “the servants who had drawn the water knew”. Often those who minister for Christ get to see his omnipotence and his power, they know it first-hand. As a young man, I worked as a full-time evangelist in San Francisco. I saw God change people! Addicts, gays and transvestites would often come for the Bible studies, and God would work and they were changed. As you and I mature and step into service, we are privy to the work of Jesus. We are no longer strangers but friends, and he lets us see his wonders for ourselves. I have been allowed to see up close his workings in a twisted heart of a lost soul. The water is turned into wine. I simply stand in awe.
The master of the feast did not know what had happened. Is this not the same with us quite often? We cannot explain where the blessings come from. It happens quickly and quietly. Look, over there, see the confused woman as she desperately seeks an intervention. She sobs out in prayer, imploring the Lord for mercy. Suddenly, through faith something happens, and it is completely supernatural. And no trumpets sounded, for these are common, regular everyday miracles.
We drink the wine, but we don’t quite grasp the miracle. But that’s okay. Our limited understanding handles these quiet miracles and we will step into the light that grace leaves behind. The water has become wine and we are changed as well, forever, by the quiet power of Jesus.