(25 verses, 1:22 to read)
Several proofs of Jesus’ divinity.
1-12: Jesus’ first miracle – simple water turned to excellent wine at the wedding
13-17: Jesus forcefully removes merchants from the Temple
18-22: Jesus teaches about His death and resurrection
23-25: Jesus’ omniscience attested to
This chapter is full of beautiful accounts proving Christ’s divinity. In the beginning, Jesus turns plain water into excellent wine, thus pointing to His divinity and blessing the marriage at hand. Next, is a recounting of Jesus in His “Father’s house” (as when He was a young boy – see Luke’s Gospel), dramatically removing with whip and strong words those who would profit from the free grace of God. When challenged by the Jews over this, He predicts His death, though none at the time understand. Finally, there is insight into Jesus’ omniscience provided by the Holy Ghost through St. John as it is revealed that Jesus sees the hearts of men, something only granted to God Himself (see, for example, I Samuel 16:7).
It is Interesting here to ponder the pastoral greeting from the Lutheran Service Book’s Rite of Holy Matrimony, which explicitly mentions the first miracle of Jesus at the wedding in Cana:
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the sight of God and before His Church to witness the union of this man and this woman in holy matrimony. This is an honorable estate instituted and blessed by God in Paradise, before humanity’s fall into sin.
In marriage we see a picture of the communion between Christ and His bride, the Church. Our Lord blessed and honored marriage with his presence and first miracle at Cana in Galilee. This estate is also commended to us by the apostle Paul as good and honorable. Therefore, marriage is not to be entered into inadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.
The union of husband and wife in heart, body, and mind is intended by God for the mutual companionship, help, and support that each person ought to receive from the other, both in prosperity and adversity. Marriage was also ordained so that man and woman may find delight in one another.
Therefore, all persons who marry shall take a spouse in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust, for God has not called us to impurity but in holiness. God also established marriage for the procreation of children who are to be brought up in the fear and instruction of the Lord so that they may offer Him their praise.
For these reasons God has established the holy estate that [name] and [name] wish to enter. They desire our prayers as they begin their marriage in the Lord’s name and with His blessing.
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-Pastor Weslie Odom