If Isaiah 53:2 and John 1:33 are to be taken literally, then it stands to reason that he looked like just another wedding guest. He didn’t step out of a golden chariot. No one rolled out the red carpet for him and his entourage. He was invited, so he showed up. His mother was there. A family wedding?

The wine ran out. Hardly a matter of life and death, but Mary was worried. Worried enough that she pulled her eldest son aside and told him to do something about it.

And then, Jesus, the unassuming wedding guest, did something truly remarkable. It wasn’t the turning of water into wine; it goes without saying that this was pretty incredible. Miraculous, even. No, it was what he did after he performed his first recorded miracle.

He let the bridegroom take the credit.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” — John 2:7-10 (NIV)

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