Turning Water into Wine

John 2:1-11

A few days later, Jesus and His disciples were invited to a wedding in Nathanael’s hometown of Cana. It was a big wedding. The party lasted several days. Jesus’ mother Mary was there, too.

There were many, many people at the wedding. Food was heaped on tables. There was meat and nuts, rice, cakes and fruit.

All the guests drank a great deal of wine. Halfway through the feast the bridegroom noticed the wine was running out. “Oh no,” he thought to himself. “This is terrible!”

It was the bridegroom’s job to make sure there was enough wine. If the wine ran out that meant the party might end early. That was no fun!

Mary saw the bridegroom’s problem. She went to Jesus. “They have no wine,” she said.

Jesus said, “But why do you ask Me about this now? You know it’s not yet time for Me to let people know who I am.”

Mary called a servant anyway. She told him to do what Jesus ordered. Jesus told the servant to fill six huge jars with water.

Once the jars were full, He said,”Take out some water now. Bring it to the head waiter.” When the head waiter had tasted the wine, he took it to the bridegroom.

“What have you done?” he asked him. “This is the best wine I’ve ever tasted!” The bridegroom did not know where all the wine had come from Mary knew.

Jesus and His followers traveled to Jerusalem. When they arrived, it was almost time for the Jewish Passover. They went straight to the temple. It was the same place where Mary and Joseph had found Jesus when they lost Him as a boy.

When Jesus arrived at His Father’s house this time, He did not like what He saw. Instead of people praying to God and studying the laws of Moses, they were using the temple as a market.

People sold sheep and cows and birds to offer as sacrifices. The temple rang with all the baaing and mooing and shouting. Jesus’ disciples looked at Him. They could tell He was upset. Suddenly, Jesus grabbed a whip. He ran through the courtyard of the temple. His disciples stood and watched with open mouths. Jesus ran back and forth. He drove the animals and people from the area. “Get out!” He shouted. “Take these things away! How dare you turn My Father’s house into a marketplace!”

He turned over the tables of the moneychangers. Coins splashed all over the floor. Animals ran in every direction. People shouted.

When Jesus had finished, He took a few moments to relax. Then He started teaching the people who had followed Him. During the next days of the Passover feast, He taught people about God. He also did several miracles. Many people believed what He said. They wanted to learn more and promised they would always follow Jesus.