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Jesus: Miracle Worker

Jesus: Miracle Worker     


canaan wedding

canaan wedding

The Apostle John’s story of water being turned into wine at a Canaan wedding is one of Jesus’ best-known miracles. As far as we know, it was also his first.


In the traditional telling, Jesus and his disciples attend a village wedding as guests. Such celebrations often lasted a week with much dancing and feasting. When the wine runs out, Mary mother of Jesus, apparently in a position of authority, turns to Jesus for help. Jesus then turns six large jars of water into fine wine and the party continues.

On the surface, Jesus demonstrates his glory and power in response to a real need. But are there deeper meanings to this story?

Why was Jesus there? He had just commenced his ministry following the calling of the first disciples.

Who were these people getting married? What is the significance of the mysterious alchemy of turning water into wine?

Is the groom symbolic of Christ himself joining in holy union with his own beloved, the church?

Whatever our perspective on this beautiful story, the Canaan wedding feast epitomises the celebration of love, romance, and the honouring of the state of marriage.

Jesus demonstrates the importance of taking time out from our busy schedules to share in joyous occasions where we can connect with others and so build relationships that may lead others to our Lord.

Mary’s complete trust in her Son, despite her lack of understanding, shows us we can bring our most difficult and pressing needs to Jesus, confident he will take care of things – in his way and in his time – with unexpected and miraculous results!

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Lismore Anglican Parish Bulletin Insert

Sunday 20th January 2013 7.30am, 9.30am St A’s, 6.30pm St Peter’s

Jesus: Miracle Worker     Jn 2:1-11, 1Cor12:1-11, Isa 62:1-5

John 2:1-11 [NRSV]  The Wedding at Cana

1On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ 4And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ 5His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’

 6Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it.

 9When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.