The Master of Weddings and Worship
Author: Kenneth O. Gangel
Week of March 19, 2017
The town of Cana lies about ten miles north of Nazareth, so Jesus’ first miracle (John 2) occurred not far from home. Weddings are splendid opportunities for families to reflect on spiritual values, and this was no exception. Mary, Jesus’ mother, thought the wedding in Cana would be a fine time for Jesus to display His messianic identity publicly. But His answer, “My time has not yet come,” shows she was wrong. This phrase appears several times in John’s Gospel as our Lord made His way to the cross.
Weddings also are a time for glorifying God and that is precisely what Jesus did in Cana. In seeking to glorify God the Father, Jesus brought glory to Himself, and His disciples put their faith in Him. How has the Lord revealed His glory to you? Have you responded in faith and obedience?
The second half of this chapter reminds us that Jesus also reigns as Master of our worship. The practice of these temple salesmen shows that worship must not be commercial activity, whether in the first century or today. When challenged to prove His authority, Jesus issued the first prophecy of His resurrection: “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days” (v. 19).
Consider: Worship cannot be relegated to a building like the temple; it centers in the person of Christ Himself. We’ll see more of that in John 4; for now let’s concentrate on what John said about faith. The disciples focused on the Saviour and believed. Others “believed” only because of the miracles and “Jesus would not entrust Himself to them” (2:24). Not all faith is saving faith; God honors only faith that selects the right object. Today, as in the days of John, He looks at our hearts to examine whether what we say we believe really represents our inner selves.