7 Words that changed a Party and History

As students of Jesus, unfortunately we can easily drift from regularly and consistently looking closely at the actual stories of the days when Jesus feet strode the streets of Palestine, found in the four gospel narratives (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John). At least I can. By God's grace, the Spirit has drawn me back to John's biographical telling of Jesus' life (the narrative which I most personally connect with.).

As I re-read the story of the wedding at Cana, I closed my eyes and visualized the encounter. I tried to hear the festive wedding sounds, see the celebratory atmosphere (difficult, admittedly, for my 21st century eyes). I meditated on the words found in John 2 and tried to open up my spirit to receive the story, to let it shape me. Rather than analyzing it, I tried to let it rule my heart and mind. This is the difference in Christian meditation: we let God's words - his voice, his Scripture - fill us and form us into the likeness of Messiah Jesus. Yes, we empty our flesh, but we seek to simultaneously receive the life of the Spirit, lest we be like the man who wound up with a new host of evil spirits in the chambers of his heart. 

John recounts the story like this (with my reactions written in line):

The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 

(The humanity of Jesus confronts our sensibilities about the transcendent YHWH God mixing himself in with this party. It is so important that John tells us this story.)

The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”

(Mary's faith is matter of fact. This party is going to go downhill and the bridegroom/host is going to look bad if the wine runs out!)

“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

(Jesus thinks about kairos time, not chronos time. He is testing her, too, probably)

But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

(Mary's faith and stubbornness persist. What I hear from her: "Look at Jesus and listen to him." Those seven words will change the face of this wedding, the bridegroom, the bride, the party, history and your and my life.)

Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.

(In case you missed it, that's a LOT of wine.)

When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over.
10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”

(Jesus is a lavish host. We can put faith in the one who brings better wine. The advent of Christ was the better wine. How much more will be the second advent and consummation to come!)

11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

(The glory of God has come to us!)

12 After the wedding he went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples.

7 Words to change us...''Look at Jesus and listen to him.''


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