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Water Turned to Wine.

Water Turned to Wine.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
by REV. JOSEPH WELLAND, B.A.,


John n. 11.

*' This Beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and
manifested forth His glory ; and His disciples believed on
Him."
by REV. JOSEPH WELLAND, B.A.,


John n. 11.

*' This Beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and
manifested forth His glory ; and His disciples believed on
Him."

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WATER TURED TO WIE.by REV. JOSEPH WELLAD, B.A.,John n. 11.*' This Beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, andmanifested forth His glory ; and His disciples believed onHim."The divinest thing in fallen man — the furthest diffusedthrough the whole race, accompanying him lowest inhis degradation — is, I suppose, his insatiable desire, histhirst after somewhat not yet obtained. It is this thirstwhich imderlies all his energies of body and intellect ;this is the secret stimulus of all his exertions, makingitself felt with resistless force throughout his wholebeing. This is to be called a divine thirst, for whetherlatent or active, it is that which makes it possible for aman to love and to hold commimion with the LordGod EUmsel£ There have been marvellous powers givento man ; wonderful things have been achieved ; but the148 WATER TURED TO WIE.highest hope of the race is not in these ; rather in this — that the highest achievement leaves the heart stilllonging; the conscience still in unrest.The proverbial tears of Alexander were more glorious,more divine, than all his conquests : he began to begreat just when all this failed to satisfy him. It is thisdivine craving which is behind all the sensuality of man,all the fearful degradation of the drunkard, all theawful crime : it is this which gives all the energy to theardour of war ; this which sets in motion all the spiritof activity in business ; and in all other pursuits of manthis craving of the heart is ever making itself felt. Thebeasts have no such desire as would plunge them intoa degradation and misery that has no limit, or lift themabove their condition in past ages ; but, if you will takethis glorious man, with this heart-craving after God most
 
Wise, most Holy, most High, most Loving, and placehim in the world without the knowledge of Him, and sethim to work out the problem of life for himself, all adrifi;from the only sufficient centre of rest, then shall youpresently see all the wildest and worthiest manifestationsof the energy of this immortal craving. If there be asoul here to-day unhappy, unsatisfied, I congratulateyou upon your imhappiness — it tells of a nature Godalone can satisfy : let it lead you to Him. If there bea soul here content, and yet without God, I bewail himin his ignoble satisfaction.WATER TURED TO WIE. 149There is no use in making schemes for the culture of the mind which do not meet this craving after God ; thesoul cannot be at rest. You may feed the intellectwith many things, and the heart may be satisfied for atime, but this satisfaction cannot last. Conscience maybe smothered, but there must be an awakening — and oh ! what must that awakening be P The heartbetrayed to spend its emotions on things which cometo an end and die before it, must suffer sore anguish.When the conscience is awakened that has been be-guiled, it must be hell for that soul till the blood of Christhas been sprinkled upon it. If we have our immortalthirst unsatisfied till too late, this must needs come.« « « « «What a dignity this throws round every man, whenwe think that his heart cannot be satisfied unless it restin God Himself ! Give him whatever culture you may,all fails to satisfy his thirst, which God alone can satisfy.What a marvel of mystery is a little child, so easilypleased, so quickly satisfied, and yet its heart can onlybe satisfied with God ! The prophet does highest honourto man, as well as gives him dearest help, when he criesin the First Lesson, " Ho, every one that thirsteth, comeye to the waters /" Thus, the Lord came Himself to theearth, to satisfy this thirst of man, and He cried, ** If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drinkJ' Butwhen, and how did He satisfy this thirst ?
 
150 WATER TURED TO WIE.To-day's Gospel gives us an answer. He came at awedding feast, turning water into wine. How strangethis answer to these momentous questions — how thiscraving of the human heart is to be satisfied, and whenthe Lord Jesus comes to satisfy it. He is to be found ata wedding feast, turning water into wine ! Have wenot all thought this first miracle was not what we shouldhave expected ? After all the solemn beginning, afterthe forty days of the temptation in the wilderness ; andwith all the wonderful ending, when He takes Hisdisciples into the Holy of Holies, and pours out Hisheart in prayer to His Father, and goes down todegradation and shame and death — that His firstmiracle should be at a wedding feast, and turning waterinto wine ! And this is specially mentioned by St. Johnas being the first miracle ; so he wishes to make it thebeginning. It was no accident, no failure in His greatplan in coming into the world to satisfy the thirst of men — it was the first-born of His miracles, and by itHe manifested forth His glory , in such sort that Hisdisciples believed in Him.He had come to Cana, and He and His disciples wereinvited to the wedding feast — it may have been as anafter-thought, which perhaps was the immediate causeof the want of wine. Evidently it was a family gather-ing, and there we see the sobriety which we mightexpect in a family to which Mary belonged. It is wellWATER TURED TO WIE. 151worth while, in noting the Lord's presence on such anoccasion, to hear in mind the kind of feast which theLord blessed with His presence. In the midst of thefeast, Mary tells Him, **They have no wine.*' oreason is given in the narrative as to why she went andtold Jesus ; but taking the Lord's answer and all thecircumstances, we may see this much, that Mary had,no doubt, long communed with the Lord as to thepurpose of His work, and knew something of what Hecame to do ; and no doubt, she had begun to yearn after

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