Response

by Carolyn Hope

This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him. (John 2:11)

The disciples were already following Jesus, but when He revealed His glory, they believed in Him. They saw with their own eyes what He could do, and suddenly, everything changed.

Our response to revelation should be belief. When we stand before the King and watch Him move, our faith increases. We may not see Jesus face to face yet, as the disciples did, but we can certainly see His hand in our lives.

Jesus has revealed and will reveal His glory in your life. Let your response be that of belief and gratitude. If you find yourself in a place where it doesn’t seem clear how God is moving in your life, keep crying out for revelation, and remember the times you have seen Him move. There is beauty in remembrance. Remembering God’s faithfulness in your life is a great way to boost your faith and keep pressing forward. Look for Him; you will find Him, and when you see Jesus, everything will change.

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Revelation

by Carolyn Hope

Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions. When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” (John 2:6-10)

Here we see that Jesus performed the miracle even though he had just said he wouldn’t. The miracle wasn’t really about the wine; it was about revealing Jesus for who He truly was. According to the timeline that was in place, He should not have yet shown Himself. He made that clear.

What was it, then, that changed His mind? It was Mary’s faith. When Mary acted in faith that He would do what she asked, it stirred Him to do it. Jesus loves it when we ask Him to do big things and then believe that He will do them. He responds and reacts to faith. In this instance, because of Mary’s faith, Jesus did something new, something that had never been done before. No one had ever taken water and instantly turned it into wine.

When you act in faith, it will lead to a new revelation of Jesus in your life. As you ask and believe for miracles, He’ll do the impossible and the unheard of. He delights in showing Himself to you. Keep asking and seeking for His revelation. When you taste of Jesus, all else fades away. He will satisfy you in a way that nothing else can.

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Readiness

by Carolyn Hope

But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5)

Mary was undaunted by Jesus’ original refusal. She acted in readiness for a miracle anyway. She still believed He would do what she asked, and she got ready for the miracle even before He agreed to do it. In an almost defiant faith, she prepared the servants to receive instructions from Jesus.

More often than not, there is a waiting process between the time you make a request and the time you receive what you asked for. There’s a season of waiting between God’s promises and their fulfillment. When you find yourself in this time, don’t sit around in idleness. Ready yourself for the miracle you’re believing for. Be prepared to use the gift you’ve asked God for.

Sometimes this readiness looks radical and crazy. If you’ve been asking God for a child for the past several years, act in faith by setting up the nursery. If you’ve applied for a specific job and are waiting to hear back from the company, go buy the new clothes you would need if you received the job. Be ready. Be ready for the answer you are believing God will give you.

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Refusal

by Carolyn Hope

“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” (John 2:4)

Jesus’ first response was to brush off his mother’s prompting. He had no obligation to fix the wine deficiency of the wedding party; besides, it wasn’t time for Him to reveal Himself.

Sometimes Jesus says no. Other times, He says not yet. His refusal of an idea doesn’t equate to rejection of a person. In telling His mother it wasn’t time yet, Jesus was not rejecting her or pushing her away. As we’ll see later this week, Jesus actually did end up doing what Mary requested; however, He didn’t do it right away.

If God says no or not yet to your request, don’t be discouraged. He knows the right actions to take, and the right times to do them. He isn’t closed to you. Even when He says no to something you present, He does not reject you. He always welcomes you.

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Request

by Carolyn Hope

The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” (John 2:3)

Mary saw a lack and asked Jesus to fill it. The wedding celebration was far from over, but the wine had run out. When Mary saw this, she considered it the perfect opportunity for her son to come forth and show Himself as the Messiah. With motherly subtleness, she went to Jesus and told Him, “They have no more wine.” This wasn’t so much a statement of facts as it was a nudging to do something only Jesus could do. What Mary was really saying was, Son, here’s your chance to help someone in need. Show yourself!

Don’t be afraid to make requests of God. When you see a need, come with boldness before your King and ask Him to satisfy it. Philippians 4:6 says “in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Go ahead; speak up. Speak out. Share your heart and desires with Jesus. He longs to hear from you. He longs to know the deep hopes of your heart. You don’t know what can come from a faith-filled request. You could even see a miracle.

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Getting to the Glory (John 2:1-11)

by Carolyn Hope

The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. (John 2:1-2)

John chapter 2 describes the first miracle of Jesus’ ministry. In this passage, we see the first time Jesus revealed His glory; and it was at a person’s request.

This week, I’d like to take you through this event verse by verse and pull out some of the main themes found in this Scripture. I want to show you the process of this particular situation, starting with a request, and leading to glorious revelation.

Jesus’ revelation and glory are for today in your life, not just two thousand years ago. Be encouraged this week that when you come before God in bold faith and expectancy, you will see miracles and revelation in your own life.

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