Jesus’ First Miracle at a Wedding Turning Water into Wine

Have you invited Jesus to your wedding? Is He in the center of your marriage? He should be. It’ll make a huge difference. Jesus was invited to a wedding in Cana. It seems that His mother, Mary, might have been the wedding planner.

Note, too, that in verse 5, are the final words of Mary recorded in scripture. She tells the servants to listen to Jesus and do whatever He says. That’s what we need to remember of Mary. Not that she would EVER want people to worship her over Jesus! In addition, in verse 12, John mentions that Jesus goes to Capernaum with His mother, brothers, and disciples. BROTHERS — not cousins! Mary had other children after Jesus was born! If you’ve been told anything else, it is a lie.

Here Jesus performs His first miracle. He simply turns water into wine — and good wine, at that! Why a wedding? Let’s dig in…

John 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.”

“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.

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.

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.”

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.

23 Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. 24 But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. 25 No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart.

John 2 NLT

See that! Jesus knows what’s in your heart!

Why a wedding? It’s interesting that in the final book of the Bible, Revelation, written also by John, we have the great wedding feast of the Lamb. At that time, Jesus, the Bridegroom, will be joined with His Bride — the church — all the born again believers.

Here, also, Jesus was showing that He can work miracles at a simple catering disaster. That’s not a major emergency. We need to realize that Jesus needs to be our GPS — our guidance system — rather than our spare tire. Bring to Jesus what you’ve got. Like the servants took water — what they had — and then Jesus turned it into wine. Trust God.

At the temple, there were shysters — charging high fees to change the money people brought from wherever they were from, into the temple coins to pay the temple tax. Furthermore, if the people didn’t bring a good-enough lamb or dove for a sacrifice, they would have to buy one there — at exorbitant prices.

Then Jesus foretells what His resurrection would be like. But, no one got it until it actually happened.

Have you invited Jesus into your everyday life?

He wants to have a relationship with you — every day. Not just on special occasions like a wedding, but every day! And, not just for emergencies either!

If you’re not sure if you’re saved or not, if you truly want to be born again and have the assurance of salvation, receive the Holy Spirit, feel His Shalom — a peace that surpasses all understanding, and get a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven after you die, or that you won’t be left behind at the Rapture, which can happen at any moment, this is what you have to do…

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