Saturday, April 9, 2011

Day 32: First miracle - John 2:1-11

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Imagine you are at a party with lots of people. There are drinks and food there. The drink selections are Pepsi and a different cheaper brown pop. the hosts bring out the Pepsi first then the cheap brown pop when the Pepsi is gone. Soon they run out and there are no drinks left! They could run to the store but that would be rude considering that this is their party. So, what do they do? The people who were at the wedding in Cana ran into the same problem but with a different drink, wine. When their wine ran out the hosts panicked. What were they to do? Then When Mary, Jesus's mother, heard she went to her son and told him that there was no more wine. He basically said “what am i supposed to do?” Mary told the servants to do whatever he said to do. And Jesus chose to fill 6 water jugs that held 20-30 gallons each. When that was done he told the servants to take some of the water, which was now miraculously turned into wine, to the master of the feast. Jesus had just performed his first miracle. And why this miracle? John reminds us this was just the first of Jesus miracles his disciples saw his glory and put their faith in him.
-Kathy Jenkins

Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
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