The Bride of Cana in Galilee: John 2
John Chapter 2 contains one of the more popular tales of Jesus’ miracles: His miracle of turning water into wine. I’m particularly enamored with this story not because it speaks to the wanna be wine connoisseur inside of me, but because the event takes place during a wedding. And if you’ve been following my blog for the last couple weeks, you know that I
am was planning one.
As any DIY bride will tell you, planning a wedding is stressful. Like, incredibly, unbelievably stressful. And this is coming from someone that enjoys planning. Wedding planning started off fun. It was fun fantasizing about the decorations, and the dress, and the flowers.
Yeah, it was real fun until I had to start coughing over the money to support such fantasies. Truth be told, I was overwhelmed. Stressed out to the MAX. I wanted it to be over ASAP.
I was on the verge of a meltdown.
I kept thinking, “Is it too late to cancel and have a pizza in the living room type wedding? It’s not too late. I can just stop all of the madness right now. Sure we’d lose deposits but I’d keep my sanity.”
So while reading the bible, I came across this wedding story in John 2 and I thought, wow, I can really relate to this. You see, back in Jesus’ day, and well, even now, running out of wine at a wedding was super embarrassing. But get this, weddings could last up to a week. A whole week of being expected to have enough wine on deck for every person that came through to celebrate your wedding. WHAT!
AND it was considered incredibly rude to skip out on someone’s wedding when given an invitation. So everybody that received an invitation was expected to show up.
Whew. Thank GOD I was not born in that time because ain’t nobody got money fo’ dat.
And clearly, the bride of Cana may not have had the money for that either.
Let’s get into the word.
In verse 3 we read that the wine supply ran out during the celebrations (uh-oh). While the bible doesn’t specifically say we why the wine ran out, we can make a good guess: People probably drank more than a glass or two each because it’s free and there’s no work tomorrow so #YOLO.
The bible tells us that Jesus was at the wedding.
Upon realizing that there was no more wine, a concerned Mary turned to her son, Jesus, and told Him that the wine had run out. Because weddings were (and still kinda are) a bigger deal to most women, I would assume that running out of wine, and the embarrassment that it brings to the bride and groom, tugged at Mary’s heart strings. She felt for the bride. She knew that Jesus could fix the problem in a jiffy before word got out so she leaned over to whisper in His ear the dilemma. She let Jesus know that everyone’s wine glass was emptied and people were beginning to look around for the bartender to fill the glass. She took her concerns to Jesus but His response surprised her. He said:
“Dear woman, that’s not our problem. My time has not yet come.”
Well, alrighty then.
When I first read that, I had to read the whole section again to make sure that I read it and understood everything correctly. It seemed to me, at first, that His response came across as a bit indifferent to the situation. It’s like turning to someone that you know can fix a problem and watching them acknowledge what was going on, waiting for them to give you a viable solution to the problem but instead hearing them say “that sucks” and then asking if you’ve seen the season finale of Scandal.
But knowing that Jesus would never say anything to hurt us I started to think about His reaction even deeper. As I pondered His words I thought, perhaps Jesus wasn’t shrugging off the situation as much as He was telling Mary to trust that everything will be okay. It is not our problem.
Our problems are not our problems and we don’t have to deal with them. We serve a mighty Lord that will deal with them on our behalf and because of that, we need not worry. And further, by saying “My time has not yet come” it seems as though Jesus is implying that the everything will work out when it is supposed to.
Mary knew this and she knew that Jesus was going to take care of the situation, but not when she thought that He should take care of it. Rather, on His timing. In verse 5 we see her tell the servants to “do whatever He tells you.” See, she knew Jesus was going to solve the problem. She didn’t know how and she didn’t know when but she knew He had an answer and He was going to provide that answer in the right time.
And He did.
Verse 7. Jesus tells the servants to take these 30 gallon buckets used for ceremonial washes (cleaning the hands before eating) and fill them with water. The servants did as they were told, dipping some of the water out before taking it to the master of ceremonies (MC). The MC takes a swig of the water, realizes that it’s wine and in so many words gives us advice that every DIY Budget Bride needs to hear:
“A host always serves the best wine first. Then when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”
So, rest. The best wine is yet to come.
Until next time,
May He overwhelm you with blessings today!
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