180 Gallons of Wine

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 King 13-14; John 2


Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water,” and they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some from them and take it to the headwaiter,” and they did. The headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine. He didn’t know where it came from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew.

The headwaiter called the groom 10 and said, “Everyone serves the good wine first. They bring out the second-rate wine only when the guests are drinking freely. You kept the good wine until now.” 11 This was the first miraculous sign that Jesus did in Cana of Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

12 After this, Jesus and his mother, his brothers, and his disciples went down to Capernaum and stayed there for a few days. (John 2:7-12, Common English Bible).

In the movie, Bruce Almighty Jim Carey’s character Bruce has complained about God’s presence or lack thereof to the point that God, played by Morgan Freeman, is tired of listening to it. God temporarily gives Bruce divine powers over a small section of the city. In one scene Bruce is walking through a house with a party is raging around him. He is walking with an entourage around him with a wine decanter filled with water in one hand and a wine glass he fills with wine that changes from water as Bruce pours the water from the decanter. It is an obvious allusion to today’s reading from John’s Gospel.

As I sit and think about this passage and the scene from the movie passes through my mind I found myself asking which miracle was bigger, Bruce with his decanter of water that becomes wine or Jesus with more than 180 gallons of water that becomes wine?

If both were real stories, and we all know one, Bruce Almighty isn’t, they would be equal miracles. The hard part would be doing it, to begin with. Once the miracle happens it is just a matter of repeating it. Well, that would be the logic I might use if I was Bruce.

In reality, Bruce couldn’t change the first drop without the power of God. Additionally, in the movie, the quality of the wine is never stated. Jesus turned water into wine and it wasn’t just any wine, it was 180 gallons (at least, probably more) of the best wine.

The steward would have been someone who would have known wine and its quality. He raved about Jesus’ wine.

I and my colleagues, perhaps better than most anyone other than wedding coordinators and photographers can tell you all about the craziness that can happen at weddings. Unitarian pastor and author Robert Fulgham, in his book It, Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It, said, “Weddings are high state occasions involving amateurs under pressure. Everything never goes right.”

There is plenty of strangeness at weddings. For those at the Wedding at Cana, if they even knew something was up, they didn’t see weirdness. What they saw was miraculous.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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