Entering into the Story…
The goal of the Sobremesa Dinner Group is about great friends coming together around good food and deep dialog. The story that we are going to read today, shows us that Jesus loved these things as well. In fact, the Bible is full of stories of Jesus gathering with great friends around good food, while experiencing deep dialog. As you read the story, put yourself in the shoes of the people who are attending the party and think about what it would be like to have Jesus do the things he does. Enjoy the story!
The next day, there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.
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. “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!”
This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
(John 2:1–11 NLT)
This story is the first miracle of many that Jesus performs in the Bible. It is important to note that Cana is an out-of-the-way village of no significance, it was at this place that Jesus performs his first miracle. It is also important to note that when Jesus’ mother asked him to do this, there is an implied idea that she knows Jesus has the ability to do miracles. Some people get caught up on Jesus not wanting to do the miracle, but most believe this is simply because he had just begun his ministry and did not want to reveal himself yet.
- How would you re-tell this story in a 21st century context?
- Even though Jesus is reluctant at first to solve the problem of the host of the party, he still does what his mother asks. What does this reveal about the character of Jesus?
- How would it feel to be a guest at that party?
- How can you live out the example of Jesus today in your actions towards others?