Worthy is the Lamb

Catherine McNiel | November 8, 2019

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John 2:1-12

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

                                                                                                            —John 1:14


What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

                                                                                                            —John 2:11


Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

                                                                                                            —John 20:30-31


As we have seen, the Gospel of John is not meant to be a biography, or a journalistic history; no, John begins with a theological claim, then provides evidence to back up this claim. His intention in writing is that we “may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing [we] may have life in his name.”       

In this first of seven signs, we have already learned so much; there is much more happening than meets the eye. We learn that Jesus has the power of God—and is motivated by the compassion of God. We learn, through Mary’s testimony, that His ability and character are already established.

Jesus’ actions link His identity to the long-awaited Messiah and the prophesied Day of the Lord. We see that, though His time is not yet here, He will take what is old and create something new. We hear the incredible claim that He is the center of worship and religion now.

In this one story, the first sign, we see evidence that Jesus is God, full of compassion; that creation obeys Him; that He is the Messiah and in Him will come the upheaval, restoration, and redemption of Israel and all creation. We see that He is making all things new. 

Later, John (perhaps even the same John) will write these words regarding Jesus:


“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,

    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength

    and honor and glory and praise!”

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

    be praise and honor and glory and power,

for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:12b, 13b)


Questions for reflection and discussion: What have you learned about Jesus this week? Has John’s writing been effective to move you to believe, to have life, and to worship Jesus? Will you take a moment to worship Him right now?

This week's devotions were written by Catherine McNiel. Catherine and her family have been part of WBC since 2008. Her husband, Matthew, is the director of Puente del Pueblo, our church’s ministry that serves residents of West Chicago. Catherine is the author of Long Days of Small Things and All Shall Be Well: Awakening to God’s Presence in His Messy, Abundant World.

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