The Wedding Day
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.
— John, 2:1-11 (NIV)
Today (Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.)Darin Smith-Gaddis and Hayley T. Roberts were joined in holy matrimony at the Maravilla Gardens in Santa Rosa Valley, Calif. This wedding was located in the most beautiful garden I have ever seen. I officiated the wedding. Darin was raised in Alaska and left for college in the late 90s. He graduated from North Western University in Chicago.
The Gospel writer gives us a glimpse at what happens at weddings and also about people who may attend. Most young people know the entertainer Usher. Well, he was present as a regular guest. He just wanted to be one of the bride’s guests. Jesus was also a guest at the Wedding of Cana. It is very interesting how Jesus’ mother put Him on the spot. Jesus said, “Dear woman, why do you involve me? This incident was an opportune time for Jesus to perform His first miracle. I am so glad that Jesus met Mary’s request that we could experience Jesus’ interaction with His mother and others.
Both young and old were present at this wedding and I imagine the same would be true for the Wedding at Cana. There was plenty of food, wine and champagne. Nothing ran out. I realize that it is almost impossible to fix a problem like running out of wine at the wedding. However, it is also impossible to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior when we can no longer say yes to His will and yes to His way.
Please do not let time run out on you make a decision to follow Jesus Christ today.
This column is the opinion of Rev. Gracie Jackson, pastor of Grace Community AME in Eagle River.