THEME: ALCOHOL ABUSE
John 2:1-11 NKJV
“On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.”
-Several misconceptions have been sighted regarding this miracle where Jesus turned water into wine. This has been a justification of sorts why people should indulge in alcoholism. In the Bible, there is no mention of grape juice which in this context is termed as good wine. After grapes are harvested from the vines, the juice is extracted and after three days it ferments and becomes wine. Jewish weddings according to their culture take a week, and according to the scripture Jesus attended the wedding on the third day and they had ran out of wine. Jesus performed the miracle and turned water into good wine, which astonished the guests since it was rare for such wine to be served after the third day.
Dear Lord Jesus we humble ourselves before You. May we decrease as You increase dear Jesus. You are the Vine and we are Your branches, may You help us to abide in You so that we may bear much fruit. We submit our hearts unto You, that You fill us with Your wisdom and abundant grace. May You teach us to apply Your divine knowledge and understanding. We love You Lord and exult You name, teach us to do Your will. May You protect our children as they go back to school and grant them excellence in their studies. May You help all the street children that You may make a way for them to study, gain meaningful employment and get out of the streets. May You hear our prayers, requests and answer our hearts desires dear Jesus. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
Further reading: Job 32:19, Joel 3:18