Context: Jesus and his newly called disciples complete first week of his public ministry by attending a wedding at Cana in Galilee. While there his mother, Mary, informs Jesus they have run out of wine. Jesus’ response is politely distant (but not dishonoring) and uncovers her potentially hidden motive of having Jesus display his miraculous powers. He reminds his mother ‘his hour has not yet come,’ (meaning his crucifixion) but he still follows through with turning six jars each holding 20-30 gallons of water into wine!! The gospel author, John, strikingly mentions it is the first of 7 signs authenticating Jesus’ messianic identity.
Observations: Why do you think Jesus chose to perform his first miracle at a wedding? Especially since the Galileans were known for their rugged and somewhat raucous familial celebrations? How did the bridegroom, bride and respective families feel since it would have been socially humiliating to run out of wine at the reception? Why didn’t Jesus perform miracles prior to the start of his public ministry? What does the interplay between Jesus and his mother, Mary, reveal to us about both of them? Why do you think Jesus make Capernaum his ‘hometown’ during his active ministry?
Application: How can you believe/ask God to ‘show up’ in the everyday fabric of your life? Is there something in your life or soul that is in ‘short supply’? Have you reverentially asked Jesus to meet that need?
Prayer: Ask God today to show you anything you should not be afraid to ‘ask for.’ Please pray the Lord provides Evergreen a place of our own for 24/7 ministry, especially the old DMV building on Godwin Avenue!