A-Z: Famous stories from the Bible: Turning water into wine - Jesus' first miracle


Wedding at CanaJesus and his mother, Mary were both invited to a wedding, along with all his disciples. The wedding reception party after the ceremony was going well until someone noticed that the wine had all gone and obviously told Mary. She turned to her son, clearly expecting that he would do something to solve the problem. At first he responded negatively, implying that he was not ready to perform any miracles. 

Nevertheless, Jesus told the servants to fill six huge stone water jars with water (such ceremonial jars would have each contained 20-30 gallons), then draw out the contents and take them to the head waiter. The man tasted what the servants gave him, which had now turned into wine, and was surprised at how good it was. He declared that the new wine was better than any of the wine previously served to the guests. This was unexpected since, usually, guests were served inferior wine after they had drunk too much to notice the difference. 

The story illustrates:

  • That Jesus was unique compared to previous messengers sent by God to humankind
  • That Jesus had power over even inanimate objects like water
  • The lavish generosity of God – Jesus created the equivalent of over 400 bottles of wine.

Related topics

Big ideas from the Bible: Miracles, Vine, vineyard

Bible References

John 2:1-11
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