Summary: When we have Christ we will never ran out of good wine to serve others. This is one of the lessons that we can learn from the wedding at Cana. But there’s more...
September 13, 1997
Our study this morning is entitled “From Embarrassment To Excellence.” How many of you had some embarrassing moments that until now you can’t forget? Maybe something that happened during your high school days, or college days, or maybe at your work.
Let me share with you something that happened fifteen years ago. I was in my fourth year high school then. And there was this sophomore young lady that my friends were teasing me to befriend and court. So I checked this young lady and I found out that she was okey. By the way, my wife is here and she doesn’t know anything about this until now. So anyway, the following day was a Wednesday, there would be a Mid-Week Prayer Meeting. And the person responsible for that Mid-Week Prayer Meeting was in a rush trying to find participants for the program. He asked me if I would be willing to do the closing prayer. I told him that I don’t like to participate in the program and would prefer being with my friends doing some naughty things. But he insisted. He said that one of the participants, the one who will do the opening prayer is a young lady that my friends were teasing me with. “Well, well,” I said. “Maybe I can do the closing prayer then.” So I accepted his request just to have the chance to get acquainted with this young lady.
Finally, Wednesday evening came. Time for the Mid-Week Prayer meeting to start. After a short prayer, we were on our way to the pulpit. We sung the opening song and the opening prayer was offered. Then the special song and then the sermon. Finally, we sung the closing song, but when I was about to step forward toward the microphone, the speaker came forward ahead of me and, without hesitation, he offered the closing prayer. While he was praying, I could sense that some of my friends at the back of the room were silently laughing. At the same time I was thinking about what other parts in the program that I can do to at least show the people that I did something during the meeting and not just escort this young lady. The speaker finished his prayer, and all I can do is to get out of the building feeling embarrassed. After I got out of the building, my friends, for sure, teased me as hard as they can.
But that embarrassing incident did not stop me from pursuing that young lady. And five years later, we got married. Just last month, we celebrated our tenth year wedding anniversary through God’s blessing.
This morning we will see another story that turned into embarrassment for those who were involved. This story is found in the Gospel of John, chapter 2 and starting from verse 1 to verse 11. Here we see a wedding in progress. The place was Cana, Galilee. Jesus’ mother was invited as well as Jesus himself and his disciples. But while the wedding reception was progressing, while the guests were enjoying the food and the fellowship, it was found that the wine had ran out. Upon learning this situation, Mary walked toward Jesus and his disciples and announced that the wine had ran out. There are several possible reasons that would explain her concern for the lack of wine.