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John 2:1-11

John 2:1-11

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Jesus turns the water into wine demonstrating His glory to His disciples!
Jesus turns the water into wine demonstrating His glory to His disciples!

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John 2:1-11
 July 21, 2013
The story of Jesus turning the water into wine has always been a little bit strangeto me. The dialogue between Jesus and Mary is difficult, it seems odd that Jesuswould turn water into wine, and this just isn’t that impressive as far as Hismiracles go. Why would this be His first one recorded in John, why does John evenbother to tell us about it at all, and why are there so many details?I’ve had some time to look it over this week, and while I don’t have every answer, Ido think it makes more sense. It’s important to remember that John writes to provethat Jesus is the anointed One of God. He is God’s Son and the Word at the sametime. It’s also important to remember that “
 He came unto His own, and His own received Him not
” (1:11) and even when He was standing with them they didn’t know Him (1:26). He did, however, convince a few chosen followers to come afterHim, and it’s at this point that our story begins:
 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
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 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
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 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him,They have no wine.
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 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do withthee? mine hour is not yet come.
This is part of that confusing dialogue. Why is she worried about the wine? Whydoes she think Jesus can solve the problem? Why does He give her such a strangeanswer? The answer, I think, lies in keeping this within view of the main context.Mary knew who He was (Lk. 1:31-32; 2:14-19); she was like the other Jews whowaited for the Messiah to come and take over David’s throne. And now she’s donewith the waiting and she wants Him to act.But look at His response to her: “
Woman, what have I to do with thee? 
” It doescome across a little condescending in English, but let’s not forget John’s main goal:who is this man? He’s not the Son of Mary; He’s the Son of God. When the womantries to impose her will upon God, God reminds her that she is only a woman. Shemay be blessed among other women, but she is still just a woman.
What have I to do with thee? 
” Literally He says,
Τί ἐμοὶ καὶ σοί
(Ti emoi kai soi)or “What to me and to you?” There’s a similar statement used in Matthew 8:29when Jesus confronts the demons. They ask Him “
What have we to do with thee
”;
Τί ἡμῖν καὶ σοί
or (Ti emin kai soi) “What to us and to you?” They may as well besaying, “What business do we have?” Or, as I think Jesus means with Mary, “What do we have in common?”
 
 Mary is ready now to reveal His purpose and glory, but Jesus refuses telling her
 My hour is not yet come.
” That hour will come when Jesus prays “
 Father, the hour  is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee
” in John 17:1, but it’s not here yet. Don’t get confused because He goes ahead with the miracle; apparentlyshe’s ready for Him to show the world He’s the King of Israel, but right now He’sfocused on showing His disciples His glory (:11).Apparently Mary understands enough to let it be and she backs off to let Himhandle it:
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 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
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 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
 You know that the Jews washed habitually from tradition (Mk. 7:3), and here’sthese six waterpots set out in a convenient place. Now, there are plenty of commentators who try to find the meaning of six pots and why they’re made of stone, and why they’re empty and all, but it feels a little subjective to me. Maybethis is an illustration of Jesus talking the empty vessel of stone and filling it withthe wine of joy and maybe it’s not. At the least, it’s not John’s main point:
 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled themup to the brim.
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 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto thegovernor of the feast. And they bare it.
The governor is the head-waiter. I suppose he’s like the wedding planners of ourday and this puts him in charge of the wedding.
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When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) thegovernor of the feast called the bridegroom,
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 And saith unto him, Every manat 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.
Well, I guess we’d better address it here since some are undoubtedly wondering:the Greek word for “wine” means “fermented wine”
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and “men have well drunk” is just one Greek word. It simply means to have been filled or intoxicated or drunk.
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