2:1-12 HOW TO MAKE WINE WITHOUT GRAPES – The Wedding at Cana:
Jesus attends a wedding celebration in Cana in Galilee with his mother, brothers, and disciples. The wine runs out. His mother, Mary, tells Jesus, “The wine has run out”.
Actual Verses (verses – copied from Bible Gateway.com, NLT version, are always italicized):
6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons.
7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled,
8 he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.
(The master of ceremonies declared that this, the best wine, had been saved until last.)
This was the first time that Jesus revealed his glory, and the disciples truly believed in Him.
LESSONS: A) It seems that Mary is asking her son, Jesus, for help with a problem; she is not asking for a miracle. She simply trusted Him to do what would be best.
B) Don’t wait until all else runs out before you try God for the answer.
- Let Jesus deal with problems as he sees best.
- Don’t try to figure out what Jesus should do in answer to our prayers. He often has a different plan.
2:13-23 GET THOSE SALESMEN OUT OF THE THE TEMPLE
Jesus goes to Jerusalem as the Jewish Passover celebration approaches. Merchants were selling livestock in the Temple area. He drove them all out and reprimanded them for using his Father’s house as a marketplace. The Jewish leaders demand a miraculous sign to prove that God gave Him the authority to drive them out.
Jesus’ response in the actual verses:
19 “All right,” Jesus replied. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
20 “What!” they exclaimed. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can rebuild it in three days?”
21 But when Jesus said “this temple,” he meant his own body.
22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said.
23 Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him.
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