Flash of Glory in Cana

That first sign, that was a flash of glory if there was ever one. It was the one that really confirmed our trust in Him. And of all places for it to happen, thinks John, at a wedding.

He chuckles to himself, scratching his thick beard. The wine was flowing, the food was decent, and He was there: the God of Heaven, at a wedding, sitting down and tapping his feet to the music. God! The Creator of Music! Enjoying the rhythm by his creations!

John chuckles again but then stops and considers how the vessels were filled to the brim with new water, how there was no way wine could’ve been added from out in the well, how the stuff was still water when the servants dipped the ladle into it and when it was finally brought to the head servant, and he drank, it was wine. The Bridegroom—what was his name, can’t even remember it at this point—he received a bunch of fame from that; but we all knew.

For this flash of glory to happen in Cana of Galilee of all places, at a wedding. Amazing.

But we remembered it, thinks John, it pointed to His provision, it confirmed Him in His mission, it attested to His message, it showed who was the source of life; of living water, of joy even!

All of it made possible by the shedding of His blood; God’s blood.

Flash of glory!


Considering Flashes of Glory

John, seeing that other Gospels have been written, considers an introduction to his own biography of Jesus. He knows the purpose of His coming. He knows how well His life was documented in other retellings. He knows that plenty of books could be written.

But he stops.

We saw Him. We saw God. We handled Him. We heard Him. We at with Him. That same shekinah manifestation of God in the Scriptures, walked with us and declared the Father.

The Word became Flesh, dwelled amongst us and we beheld his glory—glory as the only begotten of the Father filled with grace and truth.

That’s what we saw, he thinks to Himself. And although we beheld His glory at all points, there were times that pointed directly towards the purpose of His coming. Times which resonate with his prayer before Jerusalem.

“Father, Glorify your name!”

With the Father’s response: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”

And so many didn’t recognize Him. So many saw His glory but they would not believe. Just like Isaiah said.

Flashes of Glory.