Jesus was 30 years old when he performed his first miracle while attending a wedding in Cana. John 2 describes the wine running out, and Mary the mother of Jesus turned to him. Shortly afterward, he turned water into wine.
I love this story because it shows Jesus’ love for his mother and the people around him. He saved a wedding from falling apart, how cool is that?
The story contains obedience and respect for his mother. Transforming water to wine, and eventually, Jesus goes into the temple with a whip, tearing the place apart.
John 2; The Wedding At Cana
2 The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8 he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.
9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”
11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
12 After the wedding he went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples.John 2: 1-12
John 2; Wedding Breakdown
Whenever someone reads this chapter, similar questions start to pop up.
- Who Is The Bridegroom In The Wedding?
- What’s The Brides Name?
- Why Was Jesus Rude To His Mother?
- How Did Jesus Perform This Miracle?
The Bride And Bridegroom:
the Bible isn’t clear on who the bride and bridegroom are at the wedding. However one can assume they were people that Jesus knew well. Most likely they were relatives or grew up in the same village.
Why else would Jesus, his mom, and his disciples attend their wedding?
Was Jesus Rude To His Mother?
4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”Jesus John 2:4
Some people will look at this and see Jesus as a rebellious son who doesn’t want to act, and I personally don’t see that.
Keep in mind Jesus should be around 30 during this time.
Jewish tradition says his father was dead. (probably would’ve been in his 70s.
I view the phrase, dear woman, as being a term of honor from another culture. For example, my mom is Estonian and in Estonian culture, we have a term called Vanaema.
While many people will tell you it translates to Grandma, the literal translation is ‘Old Mom.’ But that’s a term of endearment in that culture. Or at the very least in my family.
A phrase can be offensive, and endearing in two different cultures.
It Wasn’t His Time Quite Yet:
I’m still puzzled by this comment, in John 2 verse 4 he tells his mom that it isn’t his time yet.
Isn’t it just like a mom pushing their child into their destiny early?
John 2: Jesus Clears The Temple
13 It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. 15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. 16 Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”
17 Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”[c]
18 But the Jewish leaders demanded, “What are you doing? If God gave you authority to do this, show us a miraculous sign to prove it.”
19 “All right,” Jesus replied. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
20 “What!” they exclaimed. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can rebuild it in three days?” 21 But when Jesus said “this temple,” he meant his own body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said.John 2: 13-22
He Made A Whip, And Used It
I’m not gonna lie, what I’m about to say will be slightly controversial. Take it with a grain of salt, ponder it yourself, and see what God tells you.
My whole life I’ve been taught in church and Sunday school that God wants me to be quiet and turn the other cheek. Fighting back was something that was looked down upon, and we always had to leave everything up to God.
But what if we’re meant to turn the other cheek sometimes, and others we are meant to fight? I believe this group of verses in John 2 is showing us a side of Jesus that we rarely get to see.
He was angry, and yet he did not sin. Anger isn’t a sin, it’s an emotion. What you do with that anger makes it a sin.
Somehow, and for some reason, Jesus made a whip, ran into the temple, and tore the place apart.
Why Did This Happen?
My thought process on this stems from what was happening. The priests and salespeople were breaking God’s laws stealing from his people, and leading them astray. In the words of Jesus, they’d made his father’s house into a den of thieves.
This tells me, that sitting still is not an option. There are times we need to stand and fight. This doesn’t mean joining any cause, we should know what we’re are signing onto, and who we are following.
My Thoughts On This Chapter:
We don’t get to read a lot about the interactions between Jesus and his mother. John 2 gives us a short glimpse into their relationship. Jesus was the oldest son and therefore required by Jewish law to care for his mother.
When she asked him to do something, he went and did it. It’s obvious he loved and respected his mother.
As far as 1st miracles go, that would be a smash hit whatever time period he was in. The wedding was probably huge, and news of what he did spread far and wide after that.
If he could do that with water, could he heal people too? I’m pretty sure that question was asked.
Jesus was angry and he did what he had to do. the Bible doesn’t record any deaths or thefts. Instead, it shows that he drove the thieves from the temple, reminding them of their duty.
Jesus came to die for us and set the world straight. Whatever you’re striving for and whatever you’ve achieved. It’s nothing without him in your life.
Rust And moths destroy all, and eventually, we all die. Surrender to Jesus today, let him into your heart, and ask him to live life with you.
- Confess With Your Mouth That He Is Lord
- Believe That God Raised Him From The Dead.
Then, live your life. It won’t be easy, but now you’ll have someone to lean on.
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