**********Note from Wayne***************
I came across another Bible study I did years ago...the first 5 verses of John chapter 2.
“ And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. “
“ And the third day “
This probably means the third day after Jesus began His ministry.
As we recall, various Jews were sent to inquire of John the Baptist who he is.
Then the next day after this John the Baptist sees Jesus and declares;
“ Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. “ John 1:29
This was the day John the Baptist saw the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus as confirmation from God which person is the Messiah he was sent to announce to the people.
On this day Jesus had not begun His actual ministry as of yet.
It was the next day that would be counted as Day one when John the Baptist,
this time with 2 of his disciples said again;
“ Behold the Lamb of God! And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. “ John 1:36-37
As we recall these 2 disciples were John, the writer of this book we are studying, and
Andrew, the brother of Peter.
In turn Andrew brings his brother Peter to Jesus.
This is when Jesus actually began His ministry.
Day 2 Jesus left the Jordan area excitedly to find Philip and then Philip in turn brings Nathanael to Jesus.
Let us remember that these Jews believed without question that Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One of God, the Son of God, the Lamb of God. As with us today however, these disciple’s faith was later challenged by circumstances that were so depressing that some of them began to question if Jesus was the Messiah or not.
We must not kid ourselves… if this could happen to these men who walked with Jesus for 3 years and heard Him speak and witnessed the miracles He performed abundantly from day to day for 3 years, then our faith today can certainly be challenged as well, as Jesus already told us it would.
Mark later said;
“ Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. “ Mark 16:14
Always remember, our inheritance of eternal salvation in heaven hinges on our continuance in “ the faith “.
This is one reason Paul warns us to examine ourselves to see if we are in “ the faith “.
If we think because we were once saved that we can live like the world in the pleasures of sin and still keep our inner faith in “ the faith “, then we better think twice.
“ there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. “
Day 3 Jesus and His disciples were invited to a wedding festival, which sometimes lasted a week back then.
Jesus’ mother was there and she was concerned about the fact they had no wine.
The Greek word “oinou” translated “wine” can be interpreted to mean either unfermented or fermented juice from the grape meaning either no alcohol in the juice or could have alcohol in the juice.
One Bible commentator who does not believe this wine was fermented expresses the idea that the meaning of the word “oinou” has to be interpreted within the context of moral circumstances.
To say that the “wine” in this particular wedding festival was non-alcoholic is only conjecture.
“ Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. “
Notice Jesus calls His mother “woman”.
Many people have a problem with Jesus calling His mother “woman”. In their minds they cannot imagine salvation without Jesus’ mother involved.
Jesus might have called her " woman " to show that she is not to be as revered as many people make her up to be.
On one occasion when people were telling Jesus that His mother and family wanted Him He said;
“ And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. “ Mark 3:33-35
Many people cannot associate salvation with Jesus alone because according to their doctrine Mary the mother of Jesus is also required for salvation. As a matter of fact according to many people, Mary became God, making her greater than her Son Jesus, in being what they call the “ mother of God “.
Jesus knew in the future there would be people that would come about who would put emphasis on His mother that would make Him alone not sufficient for salvation.
When Jesus said He is the only way to Heaven, He did not say He and His mother.
He meant only Himself as being the only way to Heaven.
“ mine hour is not yet come. “
It is not sure what Jesus was referring to here about His hour has not yet come. He was already beginning His ministry having started the process of organizing His disciples.
“ His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. “
These were Mary’s last recorded words. She knew in her heart that Jesus is special and told the people to obey Him, and to do whatever He said.
Even Mary knew that Jesus has the words of eternal life. It is too bad most people since then do not believe like Mary did. She knew Jesus is enough for salvation.
It is sad that most human beings refuse to believe Jesus is enough for salvation.
People who add anyone or anything to Jesus as a requirement to be saved and in order to make it to Heaven...are not saved and on their way to Heaven, according to Jesus!
I will continue with verse 6 in the next study.
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