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July 17, 2015

Text: “On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee,  and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” …”This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.” John 2:1-5, 11

Weddings are supposed to be joyous times. This wedding was much more of a joyous event than the attendees could have ever supposed. The happiness is for us also. We can rejoice that this event heralds to the world the formal beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Here his power and glory are displayed for all to see and believe.  (John 2:11)  The birth of Jesus 30 years before was an event of great magnitude, but this event should elevate those expectations higher yet.

As the time drew near for Jesus to tell men of his  salvation, the way had been prepared for Jesus’ work and gospel. Isaiah had proclaimed the preparation: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God…And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.”  Isaiah 40:3, 5a  John the Baptizer had come as a herald of the appearance of Jesus. “He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.”  John 1:7  One day John saw Jesus and identified him, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29  The apostles had been selected. John 1:35-51  Everything seems to have been in place!

When John writes in John 2:11 that this was the first occurrence of any of Jesus’ signs he reveals that this was one of his interests in this gospel. The word “signs” means those wondrous activities of healing, stilling a storm, casting out demons, etc. The words “miracles” and “wonders” (cf. Hebrews 2:4) are also near synonyms of “signs”. They were given to Jesus (and later his apostles) to produce faith in the hearts of the witnesses (and readers).  John closes his gospel by validating the signs of Jesus. “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”  John 20:30

Now, we can address our happiness at the onset of the miraculous works of Jesus. 

We can take cheer because his disciples believed on Jesus because of the sign he did at the wedding in Galilee. And his disciples believed in him.” John 2:11b  These emissaries of Jesus were a long time coming to full faith in the Son of God, even until after the resurrection, but their furtherance of the gospel has brought salvation to myriads of people. Always honor the preaching of the gospel.

This miracle glorified Jesus.  (John 2:11)  Yes, Jesus received glory for executing his commission from his Father.  And the Father Himself received glory from what His Son did. “…Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.” John 13:31  Jesus was not in the business of glorifying himself  (although he was glorified by his miracles.)  But the signs he performed glorified his Father in heaven. “Jesus answered, “‘ If I glorify  myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me…”  John 8:54a 

Here, then, is the fountainhead of all  the miracles that Jesus did. This event seems miniscule beside some of the others Jesus performed, but it is worthy of our faith as all of the signs are. Let is rejoice in Jesus in his deeds as well as his words.  “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing,” Revelation 5:12













One Comment
  1. Larry permalink

    I’ve found John to be more than the sum of its parts. The symbolism of the signs and the festivals have not always been obvious to me. I haven’t had, or taken, the time to explore these as I should.

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