Mary said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you” (Eyewitness John 2:5).
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In Your Bible: John 2:1-12
Jesus was baptized by John, led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, then victoriously resisted Satan who tried to tempt him. Three days later, he attended a wedding feast in a village near Cana, in Galilee. Mary, his mother and some disciples were also present. Jesus’ first miracle took place during this well known event.
A CRISIS AT THE FEAST
At the wedding feast, Mary noticed the wine for the guests was nearly gone. She approached Jesus and said, “They have no more wine.” “Mother,” Jesus said, “you must not tell me what to do. My time has not yet come” (Eyewitness John 2:3,4).
His reply seems abrupt or maybe even rude. But according to some Bible scholars, the tone Jesus used was gentle. The term he used in reference to his mother, has no English rendering. It is better translated as Lady, which gives it respect and gentleness.**
Some Bible translations use the term “woman” or “dear woman” to soften his reply. But we know, Jesus always honored his parents – this is a command from God (Eyewitness Deuteronomy 5:16).
Undaunted by Jesus’ reply, Mary directed the servants, “Do whatever he [Jesus] tells you to do” (Eyewitness John 2:5). Inferring Jesus would solve the embarrassing shortage of wine, so as not to dampen the week-long wedding festival.
Jesus told the servants to fill six jars, normally used for ritual washings, completely full with water. Then take a sample to the host to get his approval for use. (These jars were huge, each could hold 20-30 gallons. This would be up to 180 gallons of water – a lot of water for wine indeed.)
The host not only approved this new wine he sampled, but made glowing comments on how much better it was than the first wine served. Only a few knew the source of the wine – Jesus, the servants who poured the water into the jars, probably Mary, and the disciples present.
JESUS BEGINS HIS MINISTRY ON EARTH
At a wedding festival Jesus first showed his glory, Mary displayed absolute confidence in her son, and the disciples first saw him humbly meet simple needs in a manner no one else could.
The miracle at Cana in Galilee was the first sign of Jesus’ majesty, and his disciples believed in him (Eyewitness John 2:11). This initiated the disciples’ belief. Their faith in Jesus would grow throughout their time with him and blossom as Jesus sent them out, under his direction and authority, to do Kingdom work and show Kingdom life.
The disciples saw Jesus do many other miracles that have not been recorded, but these are written so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. By believing, you will have life through his name (Eyewitness John 21:25). Believe it.
Application: Jesus listened for what his Father would have him do. Our faith grows as we believe and trust in Jesus, read the Word of God, and allow the Holy Spirit guide us.
Prayer: Father, I believe you can help me as much as you helped these we read about in Scripture – even in times of crisis. Thank you.
**From: Wm Barclay, The Daily Bible Study, The Gospel of John, Volume 1 The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1953,1956, pp.80-90.
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