2:1 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

12 After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.

Tim Keller has a great sermon about this passage called Lord of the Wine. I highly suggest you listen to it – he does a much better job connecting this passage to the gospel than I can do here. However, I do want to point out a few things…

Someone had the audacity to invite Jesus and his band of fisherman to a wedding. How crazy is that? It is probably a friend of the family since Jesus’ mother was there as well and she seemed to have some amount of authority to tell the servants to do whatever Jesus told them. One of the things I’ve always loved about this story is the confidence that Mary has in her son at this point. She knows he’s someone special (and not in that way that all moms think their eldest son is special). I’m not sure if she’s seen some things as he grew up or what, but she has confidence.

But for Jesus, something hits a little close to home. It’s almost as if his mind immediately jumps ahead to the cross. His statement in verse 4, “my hour has not yet come” seems to indicate that there is indeed another hour in which he will give forth wine. And this is the essence of the gospel, isn’t it? We’re all spiritually out of wine. The party is over and guests are starting to go home. Life is a dud. But Jesus came to do a whole lot more than revive a dying party – he came to be the life of the party.

What’s truly amazing about this story (if you know how it all ends) is that Jesus would indeed pour out the wine of his blood – he would give his life – so that all who believe in him might have abundant life! It’s so cool that Jesus is willing to come to parties that just suck – he doesn’t require us to get the party going before he’ll show up and bless us with his presence. He even comes when the party is a bust and then gets it going.

Through Jesus God does the unthinkable. He breaks up the true party so that we might enter into his courts where the party is really happening. The party that will never end.

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