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No More Wine!

John 2:1-11; The Desire of Ages, pp. 144-153


The Message

We make friends for God when we serve others.

Memory Verse

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others” (1 Peter 4:10).

Have you ever been to a wedding? What do you remember? The beautiful clothes? The nice people? The flowers? The lovely music? The yummy food and drink? Did you enjoy yourself? Jesus went to a wedding too.


The wedding guests filled the house at Cana in Galilee. People overflowed into the yard. The air was full of cheerful voices, music, and laughter. It was a perfect evening.

Mary looked around, enjoying the scene. How contented her friends, the bridegroom’s parents, looked! While Mary watched her friends, an unhappy servant scurried up to her. He bent low and whispered in her ear. “The wine has run out.”

Mary’s smile vanished. Her forehead wrinkled in concern. Quickly she looked around. The large containers that should have held plenty of wine were empty. Running out of wine would bring the party to a quick end. The guests would go home. Mary’s heart felt heavy. She knew the disappointment and disgrace this would bring to the groom’s family. What’s more, she had helped plan the party.

Mary felt responsible, but what could she do? The marketplace was closed. There was no way to buy more wine. There was nothing she could do. Or was there?

Then Mary thought of the perfect way to solve the problem—Jesus. He and His disciples were also guests at the wedding.

Mary hurried to Jesus. “They are out of wine!” she told Him anxiously.

Jesus understood the seriousness of the situation. But what could He do? “Dear woman, why are you trying to bring Me into this?” Jesus asked kindly. “My time has not yet come.”

Mary felt desperate. Here was an urgent need. Jesus could help, she was certain. Pushing the servants forward, she commanded them, “Do whatever He tells you.”

Jesus looked around and saw six large, stone water jars sitting nearby. Each jar could hold about 20 gallons (about 76 liters).

“Fill these jars with water,” He quietly told the servants.

They hurried to obey. Soon they had filled the six jars all the way to the brim.

“Now draw some water out, and take it to the man in charge of the feast,” Jesus directed.

So the servants filled a jug. As they did, they noticed something strange. This did not look like water. It did not smell like water. Quickly they took it into the feast and filled the glass belonging to the man in charge. He didn’t know what had happened. He just lifted his glass and drank. Smiling, he called to the bridegroom, “Everyone else serves the best wine first,” he said. “And after the guests have 33drunk a lot, he serves the ordinary wine. But you have saved the best till now!”

This was Jesus’ first miracle. His disciples saw what happened when Jesus served others. They determined more than ever to put their faith in Him. They would become His closest friends. We make friends for God when we serve others too.