(1-12) The Wedding at Cana
In the Gospel of John, turning water into wine is the first recorded miracle of Jesus. It is likely that He performed some miracles before this, but whether He did or didn’t, Mary knew that He was able to do the impossible. She didn’t know what Jesus would use to create more wine. She didn’t know how He would create more wine for the wedding feast, but she believed that He had the power to remedy the problem. She told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Perhaps the servants thought it folly to fill the jars with water when it was wine that was needed. Perhaps they feared the master of the feast would become enraged when he was handed a cup of water. No matter what their thinking was regarding Jesus’ commands, the servants obeyed Him without question. Their obedience and unassuming faith not only made them witnesses to a miracle, but partakers in it.
The master of the feast did not know where the good wine came from, but the servants who had drawn the water knew. Jesus did not seek to collect the credit He deserved for this miracle. He let the bridegroom receive the praise for what He had done.
(13-22) Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Jesus the Christ cleansed the temple not for His own sake or benefit, but on behalf of His Father. He was consumed with zeal for the things of God. Such should be the mark of every believers’ life. Our passion and enthusiasm for what God wants should exceed what we want.
Favorite verse: (17) His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”