Jesus goes to a wedding

Jesus goes to a wedding

John2:1-11

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.

When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” (And) Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it.

And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.”

Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.

 

Uncle Chux Version:

One day, Mary (the mother of Jesus) asked Jesus and his disciples to come to a wedding of a family member and Jesus agreed. The wedding was in Cana (a city about 8 miles inland from the city of Tyre. Tyre is an island off the coast of Israel and was destroyed by Alexander the great).

There were a lot of guests at the wedding (between 40 and 100) but the host did not have enough wine to serve everyone more than 2 cups each. The host was very embarrassed about running out of wine at the celebration of the marriage of his daughter so he went to his cousin Mary and asked her what he could do or where he could get more wine.

Mary naturally turned to her oldest son for help.

Jesus replied to her “Why do you bother me with their problems? My time of troubles has not yet come.” Mary knew her son would help anyways (being the good boy he was; although he was 30 now). Mary told the servants to do whatever crazy sounding thing Jesus said to do. They figured that if the cousin trusted her with this so would they.

There were about 6 jars nearby that were normally used for ceremonial cleansing and each would hold about 20 or 30 gallons of water (80-120 Liters). Jesus told the servants to fill them up with water.

After they were filled Jesus instructed the servants to take a large dipper of water out of one of the jars and take it to the chief steward.

The chief steward was the man in charge of the whole party, normally hired by the host to make sure that the food and drink was of good quality and kept flowing and the entertainment kept on schedule.

When he tasted the water that now had become wine he was surprised. So surprised he exclaimed “Normally most hosts will bring out the good wine first. After people have had so much to drink of the good stuff that they cannot tell the difference, then they will bring out the cheap old wine. But you! You have saved the best wine for the last half of the celebration!” The Disciples thought this was so important that they recorded this statement.

Therefore:

Jesus did not just turn water into wine; he made the best wine the steward had ever tasted before. Many people over the years have tried to say that Jesus did not make wine with alcohol content but turned water into grape juice. This does not make any sense because of the very statement made by the steward (who would have known the difference between wine and grape juice. Indeed, there are 2 different words for each in Greek and Aramaic so we know Jesus made real wine). When men had drunk freely of the strong alcohol content wine they can’t tell the difference between it and the cheap stuff. This wine created by Jesus was better than what they had served the guest before and therefore had a better alcohol content and flavor than the good wine served before it. The steward did not drink so much of the first wine that he couldn’t tell the difference. Jesus made wine so it must be ok to drink a little.

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About chaplainchucks

I am an old Marine who has become a Chaplain. I love to write stories, poetry and to perform wedding ceremonies. I live in the mountains in Southern California but work near the beach. I also enjoy camping and cooking in my Dutch Ovens. I am a philosopher, gentleman, Renaissance man and great-grandfather. USMC 1976-1980 (Tank Battalion) US Army 1980-1988 (Military Intelligence) Minister license 1995
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