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Lesson # John 2:1-5
Study Material - John 2:1-5
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1 And on the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; 2 and Jesus also was invited, and His disciples, to the wedding. 3 And when the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, 'They have no wine.' 4 And Jesus said to her, 'Woman, what do I have to do with you? My hour has not yet come.' 5 His mother said to the servants, 'Whatever He says to you, do it.'
Jesus had entered Galilee and three days later arrived at a wedding, probably of relatives or close friends. His mother, Mary, was already there and was at home there. She gave instructions to servants in a manner of her normal function, as though she was used to giving instructions.
Recall that Joseph and Mary were poor in the beginning, at the time of Jesus' birth. But with the gifts of the Magi of gold, they apparently had a more prosperous life during the past 30 years. This being the time when Jesus' ministry began. Mary was now giving instructions rather than being in a servant position herself.
Jesus had acquired several disciples by this time. We know of at least five, Andrew, John, Peter, Philip, and Nathanael, all were invited to the wedding. They went to Cana which was in a remote area in the tribe of Asher. Jesus did not go first to the city of Jerusalem where all the action was, where all the people and opportunity was. He went first to a wedding, to which He was invited. At the Judgment Seat of Christ, we too will be prepared by His cleansing, as a bride is prepared just prior to a wedding for her new husband. We will be purified with His special fire, cleansing all the human good, the wood, hay, and stubble of our corruption which tagged along in our soul when we are taken to heaven.
Jesus goes to a wedding where there is rejoicing, food, and drink. A festive occasion as it were. John the Baptist came neither drinking or eating, but in a more solemn state, that of sin and death, which waited for the One who would take its sting away.
Some, such as Andrew and John, were only pointed to Christ and they followed Him. They neither required miracle or any form of magic to convince them of who Jesus is, or to light the fire of desire within their own souls for more learning from Christ. Others need to be convinced, and in different ways. Peter was renamed, Nathanael had his secret revealed. Still others will need to see miracles of some sort, from water changing to wine, or an actual resuscitation of the dead back to life. Still others will see all of these and remain skeptical to the bitter end.
Jesus never refers to Mary as 'mother'. Note that in all the scriptures He refers to her as 'woman'. Mary has her place in Gods plan as we all do, but to elevate any of us by detracting from Christ would not be right. She received a unique blessing with her role of birthing the humanity of Jesus, but that is as far as her role goes. She is not to be elevated to the position of deity, nor do we count beads, nor pray to her. She is a person nothing more or less, the same as you or I. Mary was in a unique position of being Jesus' mother, but recognizing that Jesus was her Lord as well. She does not instruct Him, now that he is an adult. As a child she most probably instructed Him while growing up, but as He matured, her role changed. Joseph is not mentioned, and is presumably dead by this time. Jesus is the first born and eldest son. By the way Mary did have other children.
The wine gave out. The things of this world come to an end. A marriage runs into hardships, but the marriage should continue and will if people make an effort, absent their selfishness, to work things out. But this is merely the end of the wine at the party. Bummer. Every party is spoiled when the drinks run out. Can you imagine everyone standing around with empty glasses? Waiting for someone to fill them? God is the source of all that we receive, all of our blessings. Since Mary was apparently taking some type of command or responsibility in correcting the situation, further implies that this was a family wedding of some type. She looked to Jesus as the eldest to come up with the solution.
His response was that His function was not to provide for worldly remedies, but that His time, the Cross, was not yet at hand, and further down the road about three years. The running out of wine would not be the end of the road, or even life. Things would continue. But God has a solution for all things, even wine shortages. Mary, continued in the conversation, instructing the servants to do whatever Jesus instructed them to do. With Joseph gone, Mary looks to Jesus as the eldest, and one whom the people attending the party would respect. She knew that Jesus could come up with some solution, which He did.
This is our challenge. Who do we look to? Do we need a lot of convincing before we finally plunge into our spiritual growth, or do we have a burning desire to know Gods Word, all of it? Are we impatient and really prefer to read about the parting of the sea, or the battles of David, or beasts in the future? Or do we have the patience and foresight to know that all the scriptures speak of Christ and that many things of doctrine require fundamental study, learning a little bit at a time each day of our lives! We ask ourselves this question everyday and our answer of course is in the action of our study, or lack thereof. Whatever Christ says, do it. Good advice from Mary.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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