Feb 052014

Read John 2:1-12

Theme: life of Jesus

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On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

12 After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.

Thoughts to consider

This is a fairly short passage so perhaps read it again and try and imagine the scene. Some of these stories can be so familiar we sometimes miss things. I think Jesus is fully aware that the wine has run out, but as we will see on many occasions, He seems to sit back and wait for people to come to Him. He knows they will come to Him eventually and on so many occasions there seems to be a reason why He waits, usually to have maximum impact. He knows what He is going to do and could increase the wine before it runs out but no, He waits for it to run out. It would have been highly embarrassing, as you can imagine, to run out of wine at a wedding. I would just love to see a playback of the conversation with His mum, she seems to ignore Him and just tell the servants to do what he tells them to do. She knows He will help, she’s known him for 30 odd years. I’m assuming calling His mum ‘woman’ was a cultural thing or got lost in translation. Try it with your mum and see how you get on, on second thoughts, I wouldn’t!!

  • Think about how abundant God is, If you asked for wine He wouldn’t just give you ‘cheap plonk’ think about all the blessings God has given you in your life, spend a while just being grateful.
  • Think about Jesus being your provider. He is Lord over the material universe and is certainly able to provide for you what you need.

Father I thank you that you are abundant and generous. You know what we need and you provide it. Help me to reflect you today and be generous to others, in Jesus name I pray, amen

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