This passage is seriously among my favorites in the entire Bible.
I mean - Jesus shows up at a wedding of all places - you know - like Messiahs do. He must have really lit that party on fire - because as soon as He shows up - they run out of the good stuff. And the not so good stuff. And the bad stuff. Actually - who knows.
Now - according to what I was pretty sure I'd always been taught - this is the point at which Jesus stood up and very sternly declared; "Well. Serves you right!"
Or maybe this is where He pulls out His speech on how them running out is God's judgment on their terrible wedding reception.
If Jesus had done that - honestly - wouldn't it be much easier to understand?
But in just the most shocking plot-twist ever - Jesus makes MORE wine.
He could've made grape juice. He could've made grape cool-aid. He could've made the best tasting non-alcoholic wine of all time. He could've made coffee and sobered them completely.
He made wine.
The best wine.
Why would Jesus give a bunch of partyers - barrels of wine?
Did He imagine that they'd sip it like a saints - while praying? I cannot believe that Jesus was ignorant about the goings on at weddings.
No - simply put - Jesus gave them wine - because He wanted to - and because celebrating is ... okay? He gave them the best wine ever - because he trusted them to do with what He gave them - what they should do with it.
I don't know about you - but I like living in a world where Jesus gives people something that they could make a whole lot of trouble with - yet He gave it to them anyway. Jesus is okay with us doing something a little dangerous now and again. He's okay with us being people and doing the things that people do - like toasting at a wedding. Some how - Him giving these people something they could've just been awful with - inspires me more than a lot of other passages to be worthy of such trust.