Daily RCL Bible Reading Devotional – January 18th, 2016

Scripture Reading(s)

John 2:1-11

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.”

“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour 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

10 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.

11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.


Lydia.jpgEach and every one of us has a story and journey to share. If you are anything like me, I love reading and hearing about other people’s stories and specifically how they got their started pointing. For some reason, that part of someone’s life has always fascinated me. This passage gives us an insight on how Christ had His start.

I truly believe that God’s timing is perfect and that His plan is always to have the best in mind. When God sent Jesus Christ to this earth to pay for our sins, there was a plan in motion and steps that needed to be taken in order for that to happen. He needed to finish His time of ministry before going to the cross. This passage marks the point in which Christ began His journey to the cross.

Many could ask the question as to wether or not Mary had influenced Him to the perform the miracle and reveal His authority. I certainly believe that God’s sovereign hand was very much in control of this situation and that in the end it was part of God’s plan for Christ to begin His ministry at this point.

I think the main point here is not what “influenced” Christ to start His ministry but rather that He did it and it was His love and what followed after this point that showed His ultimate Glory and love for us. Ephesians 3:6 paints that exact promise for us ” This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” Chris’s death and resurrection on the cross was alway part of the plan. We have a hope in knowing that our God planned to save us from the start and that His plan still continues to this day.

I will leave you with this message of hope found in 1 Peter 1:3-5

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Justin-Holmes1.jpgJesus’ first act as savior was at a wedding and his last act as savior will be at a wedding. Maybe it’s coincidence and maybe it’s not. Either way, both events glorify the Lord.

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory. (John 2:11)

At the wedding Jesus said that His time had not yet come. Some believe He was referring to the hour he reveals who He is and some believe it’s referring to the “last hour,” when Jesus comes back for His bride. No matter which was being referred to in this passage in John, it is clear that when Jesus does come back for is bride that it will certainly be HIS hour!

For those of us who are His bride it will also be a great hour when we are united with the one who gave everything to spend eternity with us, despite our imperfections and our natural bent towards sin and rebellion. Much like the marriage of Hosea to Gomer, our eternal spouse will also pursue us and never forsake or leave us.


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