Water to Wine

Drink the coming Joy

By Rick Bayer, January 15, 2023

1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, 9 and 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 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2:1-11

Jesus came to offer:

Our joy comes at an Jesus

For your Maker is your husband — the LORD Almighty is his name— Isaiah 54:5 NIV

How do we this joy?

Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. Matthew 9:14-15 NIV

Taste and see the LORD is good. Psalm 34:8 NIV

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Isaiah 55:1 NIV

Questions for Discipleship group and/or personal study:


  • Have you witnessed any funny incidents at a wedding?

Go to the Source:

  • Read John 2:1-11.
  • Why do you think Jesus chooses this miracle to launch His ministry?
  • What does the quantity and quality of the wine say about Jesus?
  • What do you sense God saying to you from this text?

Live it out:

  • How would you rate your joy level on a scale of 1-10?
  • Where do you need the water turned to wine in your life right now?
  • How can your group help you be filled to the brim with Jesus’ joy?