Commentary on "Love Stories"
Day 6: Thursday, March 22, 2012 - Jesus and Romance
Today's lesson revolves around the first miracle of Jesus, the turning of water into wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. The author begins with these questions:
Read John 2:1–11. What does this tell us about Jesus’ attitude toward marriage and romantic love? What does it mean that He gave His blessing to such boisterous and long, drawn-out affairs as Jewish weddings were in that day and age?
To speculate what this particular miracle tells us about Jesus' attitude toward marriage and romantic love is reading into the text something that is not specifically stated. Jesus even said to his mother that his time had not yet come (Jn. 2:4), indicating that it was not the right time for him and his mission to be revealed. Then the lesson author states:
Jesus, who officiated at the first wedding in the Garden of Eden, now performs His first miracle. Where? At a wedding meal.
When did Jesus officiate at a wedding for Adam and Eve? There is no scripture that a marriage ceremony was held for them. Eve was created from one of Adam's ribs, indicating that they were one in ways that we do not experience today.
John 2:11 tells us,
This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
The passage of Scripture, John 2:1-11 has nothing to do with romance. It is entirely about a spectacular miracle, his first, whereby the disciples of Jesus believed in him.
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