Sunday 17 February, 2019

John 2:1-12

2 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. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” 11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. 12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.

Weddings are always a joyous occasion! Jesus is all about joy. Our joy. This miracle in John 2 is one of my favourites because it’s a little confusing. No one was healed. No one was saved from hell (not directly anyway) and hardly anyone knew that it was Jesus who did it. So why did he do it? I wonder if it was because the young couple’s joy would have been turned to angst when they realised the wine was gone. Jesus wouldn’t have a bar of that! Not on their wedding day. And dodgy wine would have sufficed since it was late in the celebrations. Again, not with Jesus. Only the best would do. Not a partial miracle, a full miracle. Not partial joy but full joy.

Lord Jesus, when will I learn to live in you? When will I learn to come to you for joy and hope and peace and love? You are magnificent in your miracles and as whimsical in your reasons as simply wanting to give us complete joy. Awesome Jesus! I worship you.   Amen

Written by Boudy Van Noppen

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