John 2:1-12

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus *said to Him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus *said to her,“Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.” His mother *said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. Jesus *said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim. And He *said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the[c]headwaiter.” So they took it to him. When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter *called the bridegroom, 10 and *said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.

12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother and His brothers and Hisdisciples; and they stayed there a few days.

Jesus had friends, people.

Friends who invited him to their party. Friends that wanted him there to share in their lives and its most important moments.

Jesus went to parties.

That might not seem like much to you, but to someone who grew up in a very conservative church, it is downright revolutionary.

You see, the Jesus I grew up with wasn’t the guy who showed up to a party or the guy you wanted to hang out with and grab a bite to eat or enjoy a glass of wine or beer with. No, Jesus was holy. And holiness meant that Jesus was always far away. Aloof. He could never associate himself with common activities or sinners. He wasn’t the kind of guy you’d want to invite to a party because then everyone would have to be ‘on’ like they were at church.

That’s not the Jesus we have here. He’s there, at a party, and the bride and groom want him there because he’s their friend. No one is self conscious. No one is casting sidelong glances at Jesus wondering if he disapproves of their having another glass of wine. Jesus is there, having a good time, hanging out with sinners who are his friends. Friends who blow through what the groom thought would be a 3-7 day supply of wine early.

And Jesus helps the groom out by making more wine.

Jesus was the friend you wanted at your celebrations.


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