John 2:1-11 (NLT)
The Wedding at Cana
2 The next day[a] there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons.[b] 7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8 he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.
9 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.
Answer the following questions:
- Who is in the passage?
Mother, Jesus, Disciples, Servants, MC, bridegroom
- What is happening?
Wedding dinner? They ran out of wine but it was probably not time to go home yet. Mary told Jesus, waiting for a miracle? He did provide around thirty gallons of wine better than the previous wine.
- Where did it happened?
The village of Cana in Galilee.
- When was it?
After a Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist. After John the Baptist started to announce about Jesus. After Jesus got a few followers. Before any of his travels. Before he has gathered all his disciples. Before people really knew about the things that really made him famous.
- Why ?
Why did Mary tell Jesus the wine was finished? Since it really wasn’t any of their business.
What did Jesus mean by not his time?
Why did Jesus do the miracle anyway even though it was not His time? Is he talking about something else?
Does it mean something that the wine was in the Jewish ceremonial washing jars? Isn’t it dirty?
- Mary really had faith in Jesus to be a GOD. So special. She already anticipated it since before he is born because of the message from angel Gabriel. We can learn from her faith. To believe not because she has seen, but believe in the future. Based on what he CAN do, not what He HAS done.
- The servants had to have faith. Whether they are jewish or not, they sure know the customs and that that is ceremonial jar. Taking a drink for their master is risky. If it’s just dirty water, like it is, they may lose their jobs. Or maybe their life.
- Jesus obeyed his mom. She is just human. And he already explain to her why she is probably wrong for asking him to do it. But he still do it.