Recall that throughout the book of Genesis and yesterday’s chapter (John 1) that God has made clear who he is. He is the Creator. In John 1 we learned that Jesus was in the beginning of the seven literal days of Creation and that He is the Word. So much figurative language! But we will take one step at a time. You see, throughout the next chapters we will be reading of the actual life of Jesus on earth. He serves as our one and only example of how to live on Earth. We will also learn of his purpose for coming down to earth and become our Savior….Stay Tuned!!
The Wedding at Cana
1On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.8And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
12After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.
Jesus Cleanses the Temple
13The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.” 17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?”21But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
Jesus Knows What Is in Man
23Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. 24But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.
Jesus reveals His powers in a wedding! Don’t you think that Jesus likes weddings then? He yearns to meet His bride (His Remnant Church) in His Second Coming! He also seems to enjoy people getting married. Unlike what we are being exposed to, Jesus is actually for marriage. Today, many people don’t even bother getting married because of fears, priorities, experience, and even tastes, but God would love to see those who are called to engage in marriage to do so properly and happily.
Moving on to Jesus cleansing the temple in Jerusalem. There are a few characteristics we must understand about God. He is a God of justice, pure holiness, and of love. We may not be able to understand him at times, but that is okay because our minds don’t have the capacity to understand our God. The thought of God and all He is is too much to comprehend. We can see that even when Jesus came down to earth, He could not stand unrighteousness and irreverence in his House of Prayer (the Temple). Therefore, He kicked out all the sellers and buyers who were doing business in His Father’s house. For His Father’s house deserves reverence and humble hearts. There is a reference to his death in verse 19, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” We understand He referred to his body (verse 21) and not the actual building. We will learn that Jesus died and then resurrected on the third day (or the first day).
Something important to capture in this chapter are verses 23-25. Jesus was making miracles during the Passover Feast in Jerusalem. Although people may have begun to surround him, Jesus did not trust those people, “because he knew all people/ and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.” This doesn’t mean He doesn’t trust you, it means Jesus already knew the intentions of those people who were going to end up crucifying Him. And interestingly enough, Jesus knows you and me. He can see through us like he saw through the Jews. He knew that they would not accept Him as king and Savior of the world. But He is waiting today for you to accept Him and give your life to Him for He is a God of patience and mercy. Although He knows all the things we have done, our future, past, present thoughts and even the desires of our hearts He still loves us and understands us. It is still important we confess to Him personally and become friends with Him. Try talking to Him today; It may just change your life.
God Bless you all, keep praying for us please.
Scripture portions are taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.