Miracle at Cana

Mary said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you” (Eyewitness John 2:5).

Eyewitness: pp. 38
In Your Bible: John 2:1-11

Jesus attended a wedding feast in Galilee with his mother Mary and some of his disciples. This event is where Jesus’ first miracle took place.

A Crisis for the Host

During the feast, Mary noticed the wine, for the guests, was nearly gone. She said to Jesus, “They have no more wine.” “Mother,” Jesus said, “you must not tell me what to do. My time has not yet come” (John 2:3,4 Eyewitness).

This reply seems very abrupt, but Bible scholars say the tone Jesus used was actually gentle. The term he used in reference to his mother, is better translated as Lady, which gives it respect and gentleness.**

Mary directed the servants to do whatever Jesus tells them. Jesus said fill six large jars completely full with water. Then take a sample to the host for his approval and then serve it to the guests. The host approved this new wine he sampled, and made glowing comments on how much better it was! No trick here, Jesus met a need for the host.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

This miracle was the first sign of Jesus’ majesty and his disciples believed in him. Their faith would grow throughout their time with him. 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 (John 21:25 Eyewitness). Believe it.

Prayer: Father, I believe you can help me as much as you helped these we read about in Scripture. Thank you. Selah

Questions: Why do you think Jesus was reluctant to act even before the host knew he had a problem What do you think the servants thought as they heard this water became wine?

* 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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