Summary: Glory at the Wedding (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: email@example.com)
Reading: John chapter 2 verses 1-11.
In that last verse of this account (verse 11) John tells us the point of this story:
• This is Jesus’ first miracle (of the 35 miracles recorded).
• Note: the number can vary from 33-40 depending on the commentator.
Two things happened as a result of this miracle (reverse order);
• Verse 11c:
• “His disciples put their faith in him.”
• This miracle was a significant moment in the development of the disciples’ faith.
• What they saw that day helped strengthen their faith in the one they had chosen to follow
• It is a revelation of the glory of Christ,
• A demonstration of His power and character.
• The miracle is not the point of the story.
• Miracles never happen just for the sake of the miracle.
• They always point to a larger truth about God. They are signs pointing forward;
• The larger truth here is seen in the demonstration of the power of Jesus.
• Through him, we find the impossible becoming possible.
• Those things that have no chance suddenly become reality.
Quote: St. Francis de Sales:
• “Some men become proud and insolent because they ride a fine horse,
• Wear a feather in their hat or are dressed in a fine suit of clothes.
• Who does not see the folly of this? If there be any glory in such things,
• The glory belongs to the horse, the bird and the tailor. “
Now in a similar way – don’t miss the point of this story:
• There are lessons to learn about marriage and about Mary and about…….
• But John gives us the main punch-line in verse 11, it is primarily about Jesus’ glory!
Notice that this first miracle of Jesus:
• Did not take place in a temple but a home!
• It did not take place at a funeral but a wedding,
• Weddings are times of celebration.
• Weddings are times when we rejoice and express joy.
• Weddings are a time when we enjoy the company of those we love;
• And we rejoice at the new bond of unity and commitment between two people.
(1). Wedding Is Celebrated (VERSE 1A).
“On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee”.
• In our society weddings are still big events,
• Despite the fact that the simplest of civil marriages costs less than £50,
• According to Wedding Guide UK.
• The average cost of getting married in the UK is around £11,000;
• With the vast majority of weddings falling between £5,000 and £15,000.
But wedding days have always been expensive days:
• In Bible times and still today in the Jewish culture;
• Weddings were, and are, a big deal:
• There is a certain protocol that was to be followed.
• And both the poor and rich were bound by tradition and culture to abide by it.
(A). THE RIGHT DAY.
• If the bride were a virgin, then the wedding took place on Wednesday.
• If the bride was a widow, the wedding took place on a Thursday.
(B). THE WEDDING CEREMONY WOULD TAKE PLACE LATE IN THE EVENING AFTER A TIME OF FEASTING:
• The father of the bride would take his daughter on his arm,
• And with the wedding party in tow,
• They would parade through the streets of the village;
• So that everyone could come out and congratulate the bride.
• Finally the wedding party would arrive at the home of the groom.
• And the wedding actually took place in the front door of the grooms house.
• It was no short ceremony……. in fact the festivities lasted for days.
• It was a time of great celebration.
(C). AFTER THE WEDDING CEREMONY:
• The bride and groom walked through the streets accompanied by flaming torches.
• Their attendants walked with them keeping a canopy over their heads.
• The wedding party always took the longest route through the village;
• So that as many people as possible could wish them well.
(D). NO HONEYMOON:
• There was no such thing as a honeymoon!
• No, the couple kept open house for a week.
• They were treated like royalty.
• They dressed in fancy clothes and many times actually wore crowns on their heads.
• Whatever desire they spoke for…they received.
• Their word was law!
(E). THE LAST CULTURAL THING THAT I WANT US TO NOTE;
• Is that the grooms family;
• Was expected to provide all the refreshments for this week of festivities.
• Now with that background information in mind,
• Let’s pick up the story in John chapter 2 verse 1.
(2). Wine Is Consumed (verse 3):