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XIII. The Miracle At the wedding at cana

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The statement that Jesus turned water into wine during a wedding occurs only in the fourth Gospel. The objections to this account are legion. These objections are not only of a historical and scientific nature, such as are generally aimed against the miracles, but also of an ethical kind. When the account is taken as a factual one, only one conclusion is possible, namely that a material change took place in the water and water did in fact become wine. The "sign" of the miracle relates to the revelation of Jesus' glory. As the actual event consists in the changing of water into wine, Jesus, in His kingly dominion, has the power to "change" in whatsoever situation, at whatsoever place and at whatsoever time He wishes. The "changes" performed by Him in secret are, to the faithful, "signs" which help to confirm and deepen their faith in Him.

Keywords: faith; Jesus; miracles; water; wine

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