This year we are covering the four Gospel Accounts together in chronological order.
In the previous post, we covered John 1:41-51. Here was the conclusion:
Andrew recruited Peter and Jesus recruited Philip...who then recruited Nathanael. John may have recruited James at this same time.
"1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:"
(This verse was a continuation of John's Gospel Account which began in John 1:19 when the religious leaders questioned John the Baptist as to his identity. John 1:29 stated "On the morrow" that John the Baptist saw Jesus and testified that Jesus was the Son of God. John 1:35 stated "Again on the morrow" that two of John the Baptist's disciples (Andrew and John) followed Jesus. Those two sections occurred on the same day...which we will call the "first day". John 1:43 stated "On the morrow" Jesus went to Galilee. This was what we will call the "second day". The rest of John 1 covered Jesus' interactions with Nathanael. Now we see that John 2 began with the event "on the morrow" from the events that ended John 1...which would be the "third day". While Jesus was in Galilee, there was a wedding in Cana and Jesus' mother was at the wedding.)
"2 and Jesus also was bidden, and his disciples, to the marriage."
(Jesus was invited to the wedding along with His disciples however, none were named.)
"3 And when the wine failed, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine."
(We have covered Jesus' ability to do the miracle in this passage that followed as an Administrator in the post titled, "Administrator: Christ's Miracles". The emphasis of this post concerns the chronology of Gospel events. If you want to understand more about the miracle itself, please read that post.)
(Mary told Jesus there was no wine. Many experts believe this proved the wedding involved relatives of Mary and she had compassion because it would be an embarrassment to the couple that they ran out of wine at their wedding.)
"4 And Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come."
(Jesus responded with a Question and a Reason. Jesus' "hour" not yet coming meant Jesus' PUBLIC Ministry hadn't begun yet. Jesus couldn't do a public miracle because He hadn't formally began His Public Ministry. However, Jesus was going to solve this problem, it had to be in a way that couldn't be DIRECTLY attributed to Him.)
"5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it."
(Mary didn't argue with Jesus. Mary turned to the servants and told them to do whatever Jesus said. This showed that Jesus was still serving in His mother's house. Once a man became married or became a Rabbi, he no longer cleaved to his mother. Jesus didn't get married and He hadn't become a PUBLIC Rabbi yet.)
"6 Now there were six waterpots of stone set there after the Jews' manner of purifying, containing two or three firkins apiece.
7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim."
(Jesus administrated this miracle. Jesus didn't touch anything. He didn't DIRECTLY do anything. Jesus told the servants to fill the waterpots...and they did...to the brim.)
"8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the ruler of the feast. And they bare it."
(Jesus told a servant to take some of the liquid out and give it to the ruler of the feast...and they did it. Again, Jesus didn't DO anything Himself. There would be NO WAY people could say Jesus did this miracle...and only some servants and disciples knew about what Jesus administrated.)
"9 And when the ruler of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and knew not whence it was (but the servants that had drawn the water knew), the ruler of the feast calleth the bridegroom,
10 and saith unto him, Every man setteth on first the good wine; and when men have drunk freely, then that which is worse: thou hast kept the good wine until now."
(The ruler of the feast testified that not only was the liquid wine...it was excellent wine.)
"11 This beginning of his signs did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed on him."
(John stated this was the "beginning of his signs"...this was the FIRST miracle Jesus did. For those who attempt to claim that Jesus did undocumented miracles during His childhood, this verse proved this was the FIRST miracle Jesus did.)
(CRITICAL POINT: Jesus did NOT initiate this miracle. A need was presented to Him and He responded. The miracle was an effect of Jesus' responding to a need. We will see throughout this Series that Jesus ONLY responded to needs.)
"12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples; and there they abode not many days."
(After the wedding they went to Capernaum. Notice, no mention of Joseph. It is believe Joseph had died by this time.)
Jesus' administrated His first miracle because He had yet to begin His PUBLIC Ministry.