The Marriage in Cana of Galilee

John 2  •  2 min. read  •  grade level: 8
John 2
Jesus and His disciples were called to the marriage in Cana of Galilee. There the mother of Jesus told Him that they had no wine. Before His ministry began, Jesus separated from His family for His ministry, but otherwise he continued in His family ties. When the time of His ministry was over, He again recognized His mother (John 19:25-2725Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. (John 19:25‑27)). Here is a picture of Jesus severing His natural ties with Israel; His mother represented Israel. Jesus' mother instructed the servants to do what He would tell them to do.
There were two waterpots of stone there, permanent vessels for purifying. They were of different capacity, two or three measures apiece. The servants were instructed to fill the waterpots with water, which they did to the brim. The pots represent the Jews coming into blessing in the millennial day, first purified by new birth and each having his own capacity for "water"-the Word of God.
As they bear the water from the pots to the governor of the feast, the water was made wine (joy). The millennial day will be characterized by new wine-new joy, never known before (Isa. 25:6-86And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. 7And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. 8He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it. (Isaiah 25:6‑8)). The governor did not know where the wine came from (but the servants knew), and he called the bridegroom and said, "Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now."
The Lord began His miracles in Cana of Galilee and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed on Him.
Jesus went down to Capernaum, which was to be His own city, and continued there with His mother and disciples many days.
At the time of the Jews' Passover, Jesus cleansed the temple, casting out the merchants with their merchandise, using a scourge of small cords, saying, "Take these things hence; make not My Father's house a house of merchandise." Here the authority of Jesus is seen as Son of man, also the Son of the Father, as well as Lord over God's house. 'The zeal of Thine house hath eaten Me up." Psa. 69:99For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. (Psalm 69:9).
The Jews ask for a sign that would show His right to cleanse the temple. Jesus answered, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." Jesus spoke of the temple of His body-His crucifixion and resurrection. The disciples remembered this after His resurrection and believed. Jesus did not commit Himself to them, knowing what was in man.