Summary: Jesus reveals his glory in a most unusual circumstance.
John 2:1-11 Water to Wine
Weddings are expensive these days. I read about some celebrity couple who spent one million dollars on their wedding recently. They had everything plus fireworks. There are books available to help you plan a wedding from elaberate to low-cost. I heard on the TV not too long ago about how to have a low-cost wedding of under 15,000 dollars.
I don’t know if the wedding in John chapter 2 was supposed to be a low-cost wedding, but they did have an embarrassing situation. They ran out of wine before they ran out of wedding. But I’m getting head of the story…
Look at verses 1 and 2. 1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.
It was on the third day, probably Tuesday. But whose wedding was this? Some have guessed it was either a disciple or some relative of Jesus. A few commentators think that this was none other than John’s wedding. Cana is just a few miles north of Nazareth. It seems to be springtime. (If Passover follows this event as we see in Verse 13).
Weddings are wonderful times of celebration. Jesus and his disciples are invited. Jesus mother seems to be aware of refreshments to the point that some think she may have been at least somewhat responsible. Was she in charge of the wine? She knows that they are out of wine and she certainly puts it to Jesus’ attention. Her words are brief. She doesn’t ask Jesus for anything. She doesn’t tell him to do anything. She simply makes this report: “they have no wine.” It’s sort of like a news headline. I wonder what was in those words? We don’t have a lot of scripture about Jesus’ relationship with his mother. We know that he was obedient. We remember his earliest recorded conversation in Luke 2:48-49. Remember when Jesus was left in Jerusalem at age 12? After 3 days of looking for him they found him in the temple. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you." 49 "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?"
We have another record of his ministry when his family thought he was out of his mind. Mark 3:20-21,31-35
20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, "He is out of his mind."
31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, "Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you." 33 "Who are my mother and my brothers?" he asked. 34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother."
On this occasion, Jesus distances himself from his blood family. On another occasion, John 7:5 records for us, even his own brothers did not believe in him.