“On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” (John 2:1 – 4)
I love reading about the relationship between Jesus and his mother. There is not much documentation of it in the New Testament; the Apocrypha might have more incidents and encounters. I like speculating about the passages that includes the two of them. One of the most poignant ones is when Jesus is on the cross and gives over the care of his mother to one of the disciples. But, as Jesus told his mother, we are a long distance from that.
Because of that, and because I had at another time looked at this passage concerning their conversation, I am going a different direction.
“His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.” (Verses 5 – 6)
Now let’s see – six times twenty or thirty gallons (let’s call it 25 gallons for math sake). Imagine, beloved reader, a punch bowl 72 inches (6 feet) long by 18 inches (1 1/5 feet) wide by 28 inches (2 1/3 feet) deep and weighing 1800 lbs. You would say that is not a punch bowl! That is a trough! And you would be correct!!
“Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” (Verses 7 – 10)
I did some more math, and that amount of wine would equal at least 750 bottles of what would be a standard wine bottle today. We may think that Jesus converted maybe a few bottles of wine; but if we do the math, we can see that this was a huge miracle! Now, you can question and contest my math. But I have a feeling I am on pretty solid ground here. And I have to ask myself, why would Jesus create this over abundance? It does not matter, beloved reader, if as many say the alcohol content was very low. It is the sheer about that Jesus made over into enjoyable liquid. All at his mother’s request. Think a moment – would not a Messiah who wanted to create a pleasant celebration and environment be a Messiah who wanted us to enjoy life?! I have been thinking about this the last few day – enjoying the enjoyable tastes and experiences in this world. And I have come to believe that Jesus and the Divine want their to be great joy in our lives and an appreciation of our senses. Yes, we must be responsible in what we do. But do not let anyone tell you that a Christian has to live a life of suffering and deprivation. Because it just is not true!
“Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.” (Verse 11)
May you, beloved reader, believe that the Divine wants you to have joy in your life; and may that joy cause you to praise and worship the Lord God! Shalom & Selah!