John 2

John 2 captures the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.  He is at a wedding with His family at Cana in Galilee along with His disciples.  “When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”  His mother is the one who brings the problem to His attention.  Jesus responds saying “Woman, what does this have to do with me?  My hour has not yet come”.  Jesus says ‘not my problem’ and knows that He hasn’t yet begun to show the power that God has placed within Him as a man.  Yet He is compassionate and knows the importance of wine at this wedding feast.

So He instructs the servants, whom His mother had told to do whatever Jesus said, to fill a half dozen 20-30 gallon stone jars. “Fill the jars with water.”  Not sure how that is going to help, but it was Jesus’ instruction to them.  They do as they were told and then He asks them to take a bit out and serve it to the master of the feast – the man in charge.  He got quite a reaction from this guy who said “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now”.  Little did he know that Jesus had merely put water into the stone jars and it turned into wine.

This is the first of the signs that Jesus will do that show who He is and manifest His glory.  Jesus hadn’t planned on revealing that at this wedding feast, but responded with love to the circumstances He was involved in.  He could easily have said no to His mother, but after some short resistance, decides to quietly turn a situation that would have not only been embarrassing to the bridegroom and family who allowed the wine to run dry.  Does He always intervene in an embarrassing situation to change the outcome?  No, certainly not.  But He also is not oblivious to life and the little things that make it.  Jesus cares about us and what happens down to the details.

From the wedding, “he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples”.  They went to the temple and Jesus sees something that upsets Him – many were there selling animals and changing money and had turned the temple into a business.  This time He doesn’t quietly respond to the situation, but “making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen”.  Jesus can’t just ignore what is going on around Him.  He “poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables”.  Can you imagine the chaos.  He disrupts their economic system and says “do not make my Father’s house a house of trade”. Not a popular thing to do for this newcomer to the Jerusalem scene.  Principle comes ahead of tradition and Jesus makes it clear He won’t stand by and watch things that are wrong.

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