John 2:1-11 – Water Into Wine

Read John 2:1-3

1 The next day Jesus’ mother was a guest at a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. 2 Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother spoke to him about the problem. “They have no more wine,” she told him. 

In Jesus’ time weddings were a week long.  They invited the whole town to come.  It was more than embarrassing to run out of wine.

They drank wine because really could not drink much else except water.  They did not have soda, juice like we do now.  Wine will keep for many years.

Some say Joseph, Mary’s husband, was maybe dead at this time and she turned to Jesus her firstborn to help.

*Do you think she was looking for Jesus to do a miracle or just to find more wine? I think she knew he was the Son of God and knew he was compassionate.

I wonder if while growing up with Jesus if this happened before.  “Jesus we have no bread” and then he made some.

Read John 2:4

 4 “How does that concern you and me?” Jesus asked. “My time has not yet come.” 

I do not think Jesus said this mean or with an attitude.

*What did he mean, “My time has not come yet”?

– He meant to start is ministry later.  Maybe at Passover, which was coming up soon after this wedding?

Read John 2:5

5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

I love that she knows and trusts Jesus will do what is right.

Read John 2:6 

6 Six stone water pots were standing there; they were used for Jewish ceremonial purposes and held twenty to thirty gallons each.

They used water in jars for cleaning hands before they ate.

Read John 2:7&8

7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled to the brim, 8 he said, “Dip some out and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So they followed his instructions.

Jesus did not even say anything.  He just thinks it and it happens.

That is a lot of wine 6×25 =150 gallons, more than enough.

Read John 2:9-10

9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10″Usually a host serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone is full and doesn’t care, he brings out the less expensive wines. But you have kept the best until now!”

*Do you think that was the best wine ever?

Read John 2:11

11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was Jesus’ first display of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

This was Jesus’ first miracle.

*What do we drink at communion?  Wine or grape juice

*Jesus said wine was his what? Blood shed for us.

*Wine is what color? Blood color

*So why wine and not water?

Wine (one or two glasses not 10) is good for the heart and blood, tastes sweet, good for your stomach. Wine or grape juice resembles how Jesus is the bine and we are attached to the vine and bear fruit only if we are attached to Jesus.

*So what did you learn?

Jesus is compassionate and gives to those in need

Also this is no mistake this started his ministry – the wine, and the last supper ended his ministry.

We are reminded of Jesus’ blood when we take communion, the sacrifice that gives us life.

Blood is life and Jesus is in us. Flowing through us and giving us life.