Saturday, October 24, 2009

Fine Wine

Wine is mentioned througout the Old and New Testaments.

In today's reading Jesus is invited to a party. He is from a poor family. Raised in a simple village. This is simply a local wedding, happening in a small village called Cana.

John chapter 2: 1 -3 Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there. Jesus and his disciples were guests also. "

Apparently the guest list was pretty open, because Jesus, his mother and all his disciples made the list. I'm guessing it was a cool spring day, not so hot as usual, and everyone showed up. Sounds like the food held up. The wine did not.

Mary comes to Jesus with the news. (Rather strange, because he was not at all a central player in this wedding)

When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus' mother told him, "They're just about out of wine."

There was an interesting undertone to the statement, because Jesus says,

4"Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn't my time. Don't push me."

She was hinting that he should do a miracle!
He grouses about it, then does it anyway!

5She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, "Whatever he tells you, do it."
6 -7Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, "Fill the pots with water." And they filled them to the brim.
8"Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host," Jesus said, and they did.
9 -10When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn't know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, "Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you've saved the best till now!"

Jesus makes wine for the party. LOTS of wine. (180 gallons, apparently) And, as wines go, it was GOOD wine!

11This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

So, I was raised in an evangelical tradition where all alcohol was prohibited. I was a teetotaler until I was 50. My wife still is.

Yet drinking, or not drinking, or prudent drinking - has nothing to do with this passage.

It is all about Jesus and His glory. God in flesh. Come to earth to live among us, show us what a sinless life looks like, and then to die for our sins...

ps. The bride and groom are not mentioned in the story. This goes on to be the most famous wedding in the history of the world. And the bride and groom are not mentioned!

(Somehow that strikes me as funny)

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