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The Home in Cana: To Show His Splendor (18 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
Christians would like to know more of the bridal couple who invited Jesus to their wedding. Were they young or middle-aged, relatives or neighbors of Mary, and why did they include the disciples who probably were strangers? John wrote, "And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there." She did not need an invitation! That fact invited investigation, for evidently Mary was not a guest. Today such a person would either be a caterer, a coordinator in charge of proceedings, or a reporter authorized to collect facts and take photographs for publication or family pleasure. The fact that Mary's presence was announced without explanation might indicate she was a trusted and loyal friend of one of the families. Either the bride, the groom, or both, wanted her to share their special day.
If Mary was an intimate friend or relative of the family, it may be assumed the couple also knew Jesus. He was known to be a carpenter, who perhaps had already made a wedding gift for the bride and groom. Marriages in Palestine were celebrated by festivities that continued for several days, and guests were invited to stay as long as possible. At that time Jesus had four disciples; Andrew, Simon, Philip, and Nathaniel, who also were "called to the wedding" (see John 1:40, 47-49). Jesus and His followers appeared to be inseparable, but it is not known if Mary had any part in inviting additional guests.
John's description of the wedding was significant. He believed that during the proceedings Jesus "manifested forth his glory" (John 2:11). The happy bride and groom were not aware of the fact, but their wedding had been planned in heaven before they were born. Jesus had already decided to use the occasion to reveal the glory He shared with His Father before time began (see John 17:5). The Lord had not p ...
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