January 30, 2019

Weddings and Details

John 2:1-11

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

—  John 2:5

I love weddings. I love the details and the drama. I love the planning and how every wedding is unique. Although there are often similar elements, such as the vows and promises and the family and friends joining the celebration, the bride and groom bring their own personal touches to the event as well. Whether grand or simple, there is also a party, and the guests join in the celebration.

Jesus attended a wedding celebration. Traditional Jewish wedding celebrations often lasted up to a week, and they usually took place after the harvest, when there was abundance. The whole village would attend, and the party would be enjoyed by everyone. There was plenty of talking, dancing, and feasting—­unless the wine ran out.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, heard that this had happened, and she knew this could lead to dishonor and disgrace for the bridegroom. She also knew her son. Jesus responded with a miracle, turning water into the best of wine. This sign pointed back to God’s ­promises and ahead to the great cele­bration of Jesus with his bride, the church, in eternity (see Isaiah 25:6; Revelation 19:9). The wedding feast continued, and all was well.

Jesus was involved in the details. He cared about the family and guests, and he provided the best. The best news is that Jesus cares about you and me and has given his very life for us—so we can have new life in abundance. Let’s celebrate!

Dear Jesus, thank you for being in the details and providing what is best. May we celebrate with you today! Amen.

About the author — Beth Fellinger

Pastor Beth Fellinger is a wife, mother, and grandmother who has more than 40 years of experience in pastoral ministry. She and her husband, Barry, have created a missional community in their neighborhood called the Ugly Couch Cafe. From serving coffee at a blue picnic table on their front lawn, to praying with neighbors, to hosting faith gatherings on a weekly basis, the Ugly Couch Cafe has grown—and nothing gives Beth greater joy than introducing people to Jesus.

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