January 12, 2014
Key Verses: “When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’” John 2:3-5
Time: 30-33 CE
Background: In today’s reading, Jesus was at a wedding celebration with his mother shortly after beginning to gather his first disciples. He had not yet done any miracles or teachings.
When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother (unnamed in the Gospel of John) saw an opportunity for Jesus to perform a miracle, thereby beginning his public ministry. This event, and the event of Jesus’ death, are the only two places where the Gospel of John mentions Jesus’ mother, making her presence bookends to his public ministry. At the wedding, Jesus helped the hosting family honor the guests by serving good wine throughout the entire celebration.
Community: What public celebrations are held to honor members of your community? What rituals or traditions are the most meaningful?
At Home: Jesus’ mother encouraged him to perform a miracle, even though he believed his time had not yet come. When have you been challenged to act before you felt you were ready? How could you call upon God in those times to give you guidance and strength to act wisely and courageously?
Read This Week:
Monday, Jan 13, God the Creator and Provider, Psalm 104:1-4
Tuesday, Jan 14, God the Creator and Provider, Psalm 104:5-9
Wednesday, Jan 15, God the Creator and Provider, Psalm 104:10-23
Thursday, Jan 16, God the Creator and Provider, Psalm 104:24-26
Friday, Jan 17, God the Creator and Provider, Psalm 104:27-30
Saturday, Jan 18, God the Creator and Provider, Psalm 104:31-35
Next Week: Sunday, Jan 19, Cleansing the Temple, John 2:13-25