3rd November 2018

Where Were They Going?

“And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no wine.’”
John 2:3 (NKJV)

Shortly after his baptism in the Jordan River; his temptation and victory in the wilderness over Satan—Jesus began calling his disciples. All this happened in an area close to Jericho near to the town of Bethabara, (House of the ford), a place on the east bank of the Jordan where John baptised (John 1:28). After he had chosen his friends he told them, “I want to go to Galilee!” (Verse 43). From Jericho to the town of Cana where they were headed is about 90 miles and the question is, was he going to teach, or preach or heal the suffering in that area?

No! The answer is found in John 2:1- 2 which tells us “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and his disciples were invited to the wedding.” Just to quote the Bishop who spoke at the Royal Wedding in May, ”Two young people fell in love and Jesus turned up!” Obviously the bride and groom while making their list of guests had decided that Jesus and his followers should be on the guest list. It’s interesting that Nazareth, where Jesus grew up, and Cana are only 10 miles apart, so chances are they knew him well. This couple and Jesus had probably grown up together or maybe they were related. We can only speculate but—they liked him. They knew that he wasn’t a killjoy—just the opposite actually; he loved people and enjoyed parties! And obviously people loved him.

He wasn’t invited because he was celebrity. He wasn’t one yet. The invitation wasn’t motivated because of his miracles either because he hadn’t performed any. In fact at this wedding he actually performed his first—turning water into wine to save his friends who were being married the embarrassment because they had run out of wine! Isn’t that a beautiful thought? That’s how Jesus was and this wine was the best that the master of the feast had ever tasted (Verse 9-10). So this was a time for a good meal, good wine and good friends and an added benefit on top of that—his mother Mary was there. A time to honour her!

This is a great lesson for us: there are times when we just need to chill out and enjoy friends and laughter, does that sound good to you?

Lord, what a Saviour and what a friend! Thank you for being willing to take time to enjoy people and party with them. This wedding must have been a welcome break before you began your ministry and of course brought about your first miracle in order to help others.

Study by Cliff Neill

About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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