Cheap wine. I cannot say I am a huge fan of it. It isn’t that I am a fancy person, per se. It is just that I have had the taste of fine wine and I can tell the difference. I especially can tell the difference the next day. Naturally, I would much rather indulge in the “fine wines” of life. Who wouldn’t choose something that goes down smoother, tastes better, and doesn’t give you a headache the next day?
Life doesn’t always give me the kind I like. My wine glass runs dry at times. It leaves me aching for more. Try as I might to hold onto the fleeting “fine wine” moments, I am really just fooled into thinking fine wine is even a thing of this world. I hear the news about a cousin committing suicide. Then more news of another family member that died an ugly death. The bad news never ends. A friend dies too young. My child has a hard time. Conflict occurs. I see and feel pain all over the world. All the pain proves how cheap this life really is.
I know this life is cheap and yet I don’t always live this truth out. Wouldn’t it be nice to accept this truth…to know the cheap wine will one day run dry? I guess I need to be reminded…we all need to be reminded that Jesus will return. And, just like the wedding at Cana, we will see the glory of Jesus and rejoice loudly, “He has saved the best till now.”
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, 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 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.”
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.