Our marriage is designed to be prototypical of the relationship between Jesus Christ and His bride the church (Ephesians 5:22-32). It is both a mystery and a miracle. When Jesus miraculously turned the water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana, the Bible says that it was a display of His glory (John 2:1-11). What a beautiful picture is set before us by The Holy Spirit in that miracle. And isn’t it interesting that in the providence of the Triune God, the first miracle performed by Jesus Christ was at a wedding.
Nothing is coincidental in God’s providence (Matthew 10:29), so what can we learn from that miracle? Among other things, His presence and performance of that miracle was an endorsement of the covenant of marriage. Secondly, I also believe that Jesus is still in the “business” of performing miracles in marriages. It was the presence of The Lord Jesus that turned the water into wine, and in so doing displayed His glory. Likewise, it is His presence that can change our hearts and affections towards one another in order that His glory might be put on display. That is why Jesus, The Miracle Worker, must be the focal point of our marriages.
The reality of married life often times brings us to the end of our supply of understanding or grace. But, when we truly choose to bring those depleted areas in our relationship to Jesus Christ, He can and does turn things around for His glory. For His glory (Psalm 115:1)! Bringing glory to God in everything is the primary purpose for our redemption (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Perhaps today you would say to Jesus, “Master, I have run out of patience”, or “Master, I have run out of grace”. When I get to that point, I am left with two options: ignore the reality of where I am at, or, like at the wedding feast, humble myself under the mighty hand of Christ and place it in His hands (1 Peter 5:6,7). If the truth were told this morning, all around the church there are couples who have experienced a relationship change equal to the miracle of water being turned into wine.
As we look at this beautiful wedding miracle, let us not miss a very important point. It was the servants who obeyed what Jesus said who saw the miracle take place before their very eyes. The same holds true today. When we step out in obedience to what Jesus says, regardless of how ridiculous or impossible it seems, we too will see miracles take place in our relationships, for the glory of God.