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Wonder at the Wedding

Wonder at the Wedding
Words of Faith 9-16-16
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2016
Jeff.Hoy@faithfellowshipweb.com
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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John 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] "Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied. "My time 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] This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

Water into wine. The first of His miraculous signs was at Cana in Galilee. We don’t know whose wedding it was but Jesus and His disciples had been invited as well as Jesus’ mother.
Wedding feasts in the time of Jesus sometimes went on for several days or even a week with guests returning every evening for more festivity. Running out of wine was a huge embarrassment so Mary made it her concern to bring the need to Jesus. Perhaps Mary was a close friend of the family.
Jesus’ response is interesting because He appears to resist a display of His power before “His time”, yet quickly fulfills the need. Not only is there wine, but it is the best wine of the evening.
The miracle at Cana is wonderful for so many reasons. Here are a few…
It is wonderful because it was at a wedding and forever is mentioned in wedding ceremonies as a sign of the blessing of Christ upon the Holy union between a man and a woman.
It is wonderful because it took place at the most common and joyous and hopeful of human celebrations, a wedding feast. As Tevye sings in Fiddler on the Roof, “It takes a wedding to make us say: Let’s live another day!”
It is wonderful that Jesus was at this occasion at all. With all the things the Messiah had to do, He took time to attend a wedding feast. If this was the pattern of Jesus, it should be ours as well. We should not be too busy to enjoy the celebrations of life and the joy of gathering with family and friends.
It is wonderful because of its simplicity. The changing of water into wine was observed by only a few yet was enjoyed by all. I wonder if we don’t miss many wonderful miracles because we are so preoccupied with the spectacular.
It is wonderful because it speaks of the Kingdom, how God transforms that which is common into something that is uncommonly good. Friends often do not immediately notice the change in our lives but as they taste the Kingdom of God in our lives they notice that it is not just good but it is the very best of all.
It is wonderful because it “revealed His glory and His disciples put their faith in Him”. So far, the disciples had been mostly curious and intrigued by Jesus. Now they saw His glory. It wasn’t “transfiguration glory”. They couldn’t have handled that quite yet. But it was glory nonetheless and they put their faith in Him. The disciples became the first “believers”, not at a revival meeting but at a wedding feast.

Lord, reveal Yourself to me in common places. In joyous and human places let me see Your glory. Keep from the preoccupation of the spectacular. Let me see Your miracle in the mundane. Flavor my life with Kingdom truth and transformation. In the Name of Jesus.

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© Jeffrey D. Hoy 2002, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)
2820 Business Center Blvd.
Melbourne, Florida 32940 (321)-259-7200
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