Going Deeper in "That's Amazing"
The Wedding at Cana
2 The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
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.
9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”
11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
Read the following a few times:
John 2:1-11; Luke 3:21-22; Mark 2:22; Eph 5:32; Joel 3:18
Jesus begins his mission at a wedding feast. The host family hadn’t planned very well, so Mary turned to Jesus for help.
Reflect on the following:
1. When have you been to a wedding ceremony or celebration that really impressed you?
2. Does what you consider to be amazing change over time? What was amazing when you were a child?
3. During the wedding the wine ran out, which was a humiliating social situation. It would reflect badly on the host as someone too miserly to provide adequate refreshments for the guests. What is a modern equivalent that would cause a host to feel humiliation?
4. Mary plays a minor role in this Gospel, appearing only here and one other place. Her concern for the situation as well as her relationship to the servants indicates she may have played a part in the planning of the wedding that had gone terribly wrong. What wedding tragedies have you witnessed? How did they handle it?
5. How do you respond to the fact that Jesus turned water into wine? In your opinion, what is a biblical, Christ-honoring approach to the question of whether we should drink alcohol as disciples of Jesus?
6. What words you would use to describe Mary in these verses?
7. How has your walk with Jesus been going lately? Have you been praying, listen to God speak through His Word, following nudges of the Holy Spirit, and spending time worship our amazing God?
8. How has your walk with Jesus been going lately? Have you been praying, listen to God speak through His Word, following nudges of the Holy Spirit, and spending time worship our amazing God?
Respond in one of the following ways:
1. Write down three bold prayers to pray this week.
2. Ask God to you make you an amazing answer to prayer.
3. Thank God for the amazing ways you have seen felt His leading, presence, and glory.