Lockdown 17 – Lockdown at the Wedding in Cana
Read John 2:1-11
The reason that John wrote his Gospel is stated clearly in Chapter 20:30-31.
“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of His Disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, The Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His Name!”
This was the first recorded miracle of His Public Ministry.
Things are beginning to come together – or rather people are beginning to gather around Him, individually called by Jesus to “Come follow Me.” Andrew and an unnamed disciple, probably John, had been with John The Baptist for an unspecified period of time. They would have called themselves disciples of John the Baptist. However, when they heard John the Baptist declare, “Behold The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World”….. They left him to follow Jesus. Then Andrew brought Simon Peter (his brother). Jesus called Philip, who found Nathaniel.”
(2:1a) “On the third day since they had left Galilee.”
(2:1b) “A wedding took place at Cana in Galilee.”
This is the only time that “Cana” is mentioned in the Bible – no doubt seen by most as an insignificant place. But it was to become Scripturally famous as the location of Jesus’ first miracle.
Jewish Weddings, at that time, lasted for 7 days or more. The whole time was spent rejoicing, eating and drinking. The Bridegroom was responsible, along with his family, for providing the food and drink. Running out of wine would cause serious embarrassment to them, to the newly married couple – dishonour even. For the superstitious among the party it would have been a terribly bad omen!
We are not told of Mary’s relationship to the Bride or Bridegroom. She may have just been a knowing, enlightened, sensitive individual who could lip read or studied body language. However she found out she became aware that they had run out of wine.
Knowing that dilemma and knowing who Jesus is – Mary never forgot the Angel Gabriel’s message to her: “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of The Most High will overshadow you, so The Holy One to be born (to you) will be called The Son of God!”
Mary never forgot Jesus’ destiny and it’s interesting that she becomes the catalyst for releasing Jesus into the next season of His life. He had lived under her roof for 30 years – now was the time to cut another umbilical cord, as it were.
(v3) Jesus’ mother said to Him, “They have no more wine!”
(v4) Jesus replied: “Woman, why do you involve me?”
“My hour has not yet come!”
There is a debate among commentators about what is going on here. Jesus is 30 years old. The age for a Jewish man to inherit his father’s estate. To take up responsibility.
Firstly, I need to say that, the term ‘Woman’ is not derogatory, it’s the equivalent of ‘my lady’ or ‘madam’.
Secondly, Jesus is stating clearly – “what I do now, I do now – NOT because of your pressure and desire. He didn’t want Mary saying to everyone, “It’ll be alright now, my boy will sort it for you!”
- Mary’s Advice (v5)
“Do whatever He tells you.”
She is addressing the servants.
Read v 6-8
- The Master of the Banquet’s observation (v10b)
“You have saved the best till now!”
The normal wedding host would put out the best wine first, then when people couldn’t distinguish the quality, then put out the mediocre supply. Not so in this case, Jesus gave the Bridegroom and Bride the best.
- The Disciples’ Response (v11c)
“And the Disciples believed in Him!”
Jesus Is Alive!
He continues to reveal His Glory!
So “Do whatever He Tells You!”
I believe this to be a Prophetic Word:-
“You have thought that you have run out of wine – out of productivity from your life. You are parched, dry, been in a wilderness time that has left you saying, “I’m done!” but The Lord says, People will say of you: “You have saved the best ‘til now!” So keep the faith… and you will see God’s Glory revealed! But (and here’s the caveat warning). Do not touch God’s Glory! Honour Him and give Him the Glory due to His Name! Do it all, unto Him.”