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John 2:1-12: According to John’s Gospel, the miracle Jesus performs at a wedding in Cana is the first act in his ministry. In biblical times, wedding feasts often lasted several days. At a wedding feast where Jesus is present, the wine runs out. Jesus instructs the servants to fill stone jars (holding 20 to 30 gallons) with water which turns into wine.
Today's Scripture: John 2:11
Jesus performed this first miracle in Cana in Galilee; there he revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.
1 Two days later there was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine had given out, Jesus' mother said to him, “They are out of wine.” 4 “You must not tell me what to do,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” 5 Jesus' mother then told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 The Jews have rules about ritual washing, and for this purpose six stone water jars were there, each one large enough to hold between twenty and thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill these jars with water.” They filled them to the brim, 8 and then he told them, “Now draw some water out and take it to the man in charge of the feast.” They took him the water, 9 which now had turned into wine, and he tasted it. He did not know where this wine had come from (but, of course, the servants who had drawn out the water knew); so he called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone else serves the best wine first, and after the guests have drunk a lot, he serves the ordinary wine. But you have kept the best wine until now!” 11 Jesus performed this first miracle in Cana in Galilee; there he revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him. 12 After this, Jesus and his mother, brothers, and disciples went to Capernaum and stayed there a few days.
What was the situation at the wedding? What does Jesus’ mother ask of him? How does Jesus respond? What happens next? According to John’s Gospel, this is the first time the mother of Jesus is mentioned. Note that she is not named; she will not appear again in John’s Gospel until she is stationed at the foot of the cross (see John 19:25; here again she is not named); hence, she is a witness at both the beginning and the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. What is her role in this story? In what ways can you be a witness for Jesus today?
Lord Jesus, your glory is revealed in the many signs and miracles you performed. You are the Lord of my life, and I glorify your name. Help me to be a witness for you and to reflect your love by all I do and say. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.
Those being married today
Isaiah 60:1-22: The redemption of Jerusalem is promised.