New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Changes Water Into Wine
1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.
Jesus Clears the Temple Courts
13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”
19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. 24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.
WEDDING AND TEMPLES
by Shelvy Wyatt
The 2nd chapter of John opens at a wedding in Cana. God is setting the stage for the first miracle of Jesus. Mary was concerned that they had run out of wine and asked Jesus to do something. Although He refused, she told the servants, “Whatever He says to do, do it!" Jesus instructed them to fill six stone pots with water, and as they obeyed, the water turned to wine.
The narrative continues with Jesus at the Temple when the Jewish leaders questioned His authority. He said, "Destroy this temple and in three days, I will raise it up.” Jesus drove the animals and money changers out of the temple saying, "Don't make My Father's House, a house of merchandise.”
- Why did God choose a wedding for Jesus' first miracle?
- What do the water pots represent? Each held twenty gallons, weighing 165 pounds. Why did He ask for six?
- How did obedience have a part in this miracle?
- Which temple was Jesus going to raise up in three days?
- Why do you think Jesus spoke in figurative language?
- Is there something you want Jesus to clear out of your personal temple? How does obedience play a part in it?
Our supreme value and mission in life is to host God’s presence, abide in Him, & live aware of who He is.