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Summary: The first public miracle performed by Jesus serves as a symbol of what He offers to us.

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God Saves The Best Till Last

John 2:1-11

1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.

[2] Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.

[3] And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have no wine."

[4] Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come."

[5] His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it."

[6] Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.

[7] Jesus said to them, "Fill the waterpots with water." And they filled them up to the brim.

[8] And He said to them, "Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast." And they took it.

[9] When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom.

[10] And he said to him, "Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!"

[11] This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John tell us about many miracles

that Jesus performed during His 3 ½ years of public ministry.

Just as Verse 11 suggests, this was His first miracle.

Verse 1 tells us this event happens on the “third day”

Chapter 1 described what happened

after Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.

Matthew Chapter 4 says after baptism Jesus entered the wilderness.

He fasted 40 days and 40 nights

and the devil came to tempt Him.

Now Jesus comes to the city of Cana in Galilee.

Chapter 1 says Andrew, Peter, Philip, and Nathaniel are there.

I believe John is also there because his Gospel is the only one

that mentions this miracle.

Matthew, Mark, and Luke have yet to join the followers of Jesus.

So Jesus arrives at this wedding

along with His 5 disciples..

His mother Mary is also there, but she did not come with Jesus.

The city of Cana was close to the city of Nazareth

where Jesus was raised by Joseph and Mary.

Joseph isn’t mentioned here, so he may have been dead now.

We will see that Mary becomes concerned

when a problem develops at the wedding celebration.

I think Mary was related to the bride or groom.

Verse 2 says Jesus was invited to the celebration

so that is another indication that they were relatives.

Hebrew weddings were big events back then.

Wedding celebrations went anywhere from 2 to 14 days,

depending on the wealth of the family.

Verse 3 tells us they ran out of wine

so there must have been many people there.

It was a big disgrace to not have enough wine for the party.

Mary was obviously concerned so she tells Jesus about it.

Perhaps she thought Jesus knew where they could get more.

The Bible doesn’t say what she expected,

but maybe she knew Jesus could do something.

Look again at Verse 4: Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come."

Jesus said “My hour has not yet come”

five times in the Gospel of John.

The time for the public manifestation of His miracles

had yet to come.

Verse 5 His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you, do it."

So Mary has no idea what is about to happen.

Verse 6: Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.

What was the purpose of the water in these water pots?

Matthew 15:1-2 tells us:

Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, [2] "Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread."

So just like our mothers told us to wash our hands before we ate,

it was a Jewish tradition to do the same thing.

Verse 7 Jesus said to them, "Fill the waterpots with water." And they filled them up to the brim. [8] And He said to them, "Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast." And they took it.

As we might expect, some water from the pots had been used.

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