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  • « A Lasting Faith for the Last Days by C. R. Biggs- Part 4 | Main | A Sample Daily Prayer in Preparation for Sunday »

    Nature's Supreme Commander

    (There's plenty more to be gleaned from this passage than I do, but an interesting thought here or there seems worthwhile.)

    On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

    Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. (John 2:1-11, ESV)

    Jesus didn't even wave his hand over, dip his finger into, or speak a word of command unto the water he changed to wine. To me it seems that if he had done so, it would have lessened the impact of the transmutation, like the Pharaoh's magicians when they used their secret arts to mimic the miracles of the prophet Moses. The magicians were obviously charlatans, and Moses was obviously given command over nature to bring about the plagues.

    Whereas the prophet Moses had to strike the waters of the Nile with his staff to turn them to blood, the Prophet Christ had only to will the transformation of water into good, strong wine. How's that for command over nature? In his first miracle, Jesus did something no other miracle-performing prophet had ever done: he caused supernature effortlessly.

    Posted by Eric Costa on August 12, 2006 10:42 PM

    Comments

    Great thoughts.
    Keep up the good work.

    Hi,

    This was ever so powefully illustrated on flim in "The Last Temptation Of Christ". There are some incredibly hard to endure scenes in the film but there are also some real gems - the water into wine is one of them.

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