Sunday, January 17, 2016

On 1-24-16, John 2:1-12 will be our Adult Sunday School/ Uniform Series/ International Sunday School Lesson, herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as A Wedding in Cana

A Wedding in Cana
John 2:1-12
January 24, 2016

Jed Greenough

I’m sure you have seen one of those sitcoms where someone either went up to a professional in a social situation or was afraid to bother them to ask them a question.  The Doctor or Lawyer or whatever the character was sometimes felt put upon for doing something for which they normally get paid.  They might say why don’t you call my office and make an appointment.

Jesus, no mere doctor, was in a social situation and when asked to get involved with His “talents” asked His mother in verse 4 why she involved Him.  But He didn’t ignore the situation because He wasn’t on the clock, so to speak, but took care of the situation.

It makes me wonder about people who have been given God given talents, some of which, yes, are gifts of the Spirit and who when asked decline.  Is that you?

Oh, I know sometimes we are tired or we are really otherwise engaged for the time we are being asked.  But other times we let our fatigue or our business or even our fears do the replying with our NO.

If one is a teacher and good at it and someone asks you to teach Sunday School the fact that you are already doing it 5 days a week and perhaps working on it 6 causes you to say no to that Kingdom work.

Maybe you are just busy and Wednesday nights are a time you want to decompress and someone wants you to visit an elderly relative of theirs in the hospital or at their home because they respect your Christian walk.

Probably the most common is that someone recognizes your ability and they want you to do something that you fear.  You may even want badly to do what they ask but you are afraid to do that very thing.

We do not compare to Jesus but He was still a man in a social situation just trying to be one of the guests.  I am certain He was relishing the day knowing what soon lay before Him.  He just wanted to be.  

But Jesus didn’t let His personal moment, His knowledge of what He was to soon endure get in the way of doing something which might seem inconsequential that He could do.  Yes, they probably could have gone somewhere and acquired more wine with only a little delay but He was asked, He had the ability and He gave.

It might seem inconsequential but it was a true example of His servant heart and one we should strive to emulate.

For Discussion:

  1. Please read what I had to say about this scripture on another occasion in this blog on 3-18-12 found over on the right side of this page.
  2. I love how good the wine was!  Discuss that!
  3. Discuss Jesus’ statement to His mother.
  4. Discuss what Mary said.
  5. Discuss wine that is created from something rather than just appearing.
  6. Discuss why Jesus mother was involved.
  7. Discuss the apparent absence of Joseph.
  8. Discuss all the roles of Jesus that day.

Upcoming Lessons

1-31-16    The Death of a Friend John 11:38-44

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved

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