Jesus Turns Water Into Wine
The story of the wedding at Cana actually happened. Typically in the other Gospels, Jesus would be telling a parable. But the book of John doesn’t contain any parables.
Jesus and his disciples were invited to this wedding. Unfortunately, the wedding ran out of wine. So Mary the mother of Jesus asked Jesus to take care of it (bold move, mom). Jesus then commanded the servants to fill the stone jars with water, then draw them out and take it to the master of the feast. And the master of the feast complained that they were hiding this good wine for too long and should have brought this out first.
This miracle may not seem like much if you don’t understand how wine works.
I’m no wine expert, but I know that producing wine takes awhile. You need to first grow the grapes and process them into wine.
Furthermore, producing good wine requires aging under the right conditions.
We know this is good wine because the master of the feast (who probably has plenty of experience with wine) gave high praise to the quality of this wine. In other words, Jesus is an expert winemaker and He can produce at record time.
This is one of Jesus’s first signs in His ministry, one where He revealed Himself to His disciples.
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.John 2:16
Jesus went to the temple and found traders selling oxen, sheep, and pigeons. He also found money-changers sitting there. This made Jesus extremely angry to the point that he started overturning tables and causing a huge mess.
This is a reminder to us that the temple is a place for worship and nothing else. We must not defile the temple.
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