Wedding Bells are Ringing!

January 24, 2022

On the third day a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’s mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were invited to the wedding as well. When the wine ran out, Jesus’s mother told him, “They don’t have any wine.”
John 2:1-2

Written by Melissa Hayes from the West Franklin Campus

When was the last time you were invited to a wedding as a guest? Did you consider it an honor to be invited? What stood out to you the most during the events of the day?

For me, there is something special about a husband and wife joining their lives together in a sacred covenant. It never gets old. New beginnings. Unconditional love. Mutual promises to endure anything until death parts. The union must be celebrated.

Scripture doesn’t say who this wedding was for, but the fact that Mary was there, and Jesus was invited along with his five disciples, probably indicated that it was for either a family member or someone very close to Jesus’ earthly family. Any way you look at it, being invited was still an honor. It meant something to the family that Jesus was there to celebrate for the whole week.

Just as the groom and bride were beginning their life together, Jesus was preparing to do something big. He was about to launch his entire ministry at their joyous occasion. What an honor! I can only imagine the “stand-out” moment for the happy couple and how they talked about it for years! Jesus’ first miracle was with those whom He had a relationship and not the masses. The intimacy, the love, the joy.

Jesus wants to begin a good work in you. He wants to make covenant with you. He wants to celebrate your new life in Him. He wants to give you love, joy and share an intimate relationship with you.

I know not to add anything to scripture or put meaning into where it does not exist, but my brain and heart cannot let go of John’s mention of timing, “the third day”. Technically it references the third day of when Philip and Nathaniel began following Jesus (John 1:43). However, my imagination still runs with “third day”. I do not believe it is a coincidence in the very next chapter Jesus mentioned to Nicodemus about the sacrifice that He will make to offer a new covenant of eternal life (John 3:14-17). Jesus’ resurrection from the dead on the third day launched a new covenant, a new work, the church, salvation in Christ. Anyone who believes in Christ becomes the Bride of Christ—and all of it was made possible at His resurrection…on the third day.

What Now?

If you are married, think back to your wedding day? What stood out to you the most? What vows did you make to your spouse? Celebrate it!

Now think back to the day you invited Christ into your life. Was there such a moment? What did He promise you? Celebrate it!

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