Friday in the First Week of Ordinary Time

John 2:1-12

The First of His Signs … at a Wedding

The Gospel of John, written by the apostle himself, speaks of our Lord’s first activities.  And one of our Lord’s first activities was to attend a wedding.  Though it may seem a little thing, it blesses my heart that our Lord was not so busy that he couldn’t attend this most basic of human institutions ordained in Eden before the fall: the joining of husband and wife in the lifelong commitment of holy marriage.  Here, we see our Lord rejoicing with those who rejoice, just as he wept with those who were weeping (Romans 12:15).  Though a man of sorrows (Isaiah 53:3), our Lord was eminently capable of enjoying himself at such a wonderful occasion.

But there was a greater purpose for John’s memorializing this event.  John tells us that this was “the first of his signs,” or we might say, his first miracle.  It’s important that John gives us the definition for “miracle” by using the word, “sign.”  Regardless of what people may think, the purpose of the miracles which Jesus performed was never to “Wow!” people; the purpose, as a sign, was always to show who this man, Jesus, was.  And the answer to that question was, is, and ever shall be, the Christ of God.  The second purpose was to meet human need; but, first and foremost the purpose was to “confirm the word,” to show to those who witnessed the “sign” that this was the Son of God.

I suppose now that I should speak of the account itself, which does have some humorous aspects to it.  The host of the wedding has run out of wine.  That was a big deal then; it is today.  No one wants to run out of food and drink at a wedding.  Jesus’ mother informs him, as if expecting him to do something about it.  I’ve asked women to comment on this, and women, being sensible, tell me that Mary is simply telling Jesus that they’re out of wine – Go run and get some!  I suppose.  But Jesus’ answer to her, and her instructions to the servants, indicates that she wanted – and apparently expected – Jesus to do something, well, a little more out of the ordinary.  Jesus’ response sounds to us somewhat disrespectful, but remember that he also called his mother, “Woman,” when he was on the cross.  Furthermore, Jesus was always choosy about when and how he worked signs; that is, he didn’t have “healing meetings” as we have witnessed in our day.  “My hour has not yet come,” was his way of saying, “I need to be careful how I proceed with this.”  But his mother’s instructions to the servants is the key to the passage: “Do whatever he tells you.”  That’s what Mary would say to us, what the Father is saying to us: “Do whatever my Son tells you.”

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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