John 2

The wedding at Cana records Jesus’ first miracle in the gospel of John (1-11). Did you notice that Jesus’ mom expects Him to help, even after His seeming rebuke of her? What an insight into human relationships! Jesus’ comment to Mary is easily explained because He isn’t trying to be noticed at this point. He does a miracle, albeit quietly. The head steward attests to the quality of the miracle that Jesus did!

The cleansing of the temple is one of two recorded in the gospels (12-22). Some believe that John moved the cleansing from the end of Jesus’ ministry to the beginning for a theological purpose. I believe that there are enough differences recorded that there were probably two. One at the beginning that marks the start of religious persecution, and one at the end that forces the religious leaderships hand. He seemingly wants the outer court of the temple to be more worshipful since non-Jews are allowed there, and He certainly doesn’t want people being taken advantage of when they purchase animals or exchange money. That certainly should speak to us and our churches/services today! In the midst of His zeal, He makes a statement regarding the resurrection. He does it cryptically, essentially identifying himself as both temple and sacrifice, but the disciples don’t understand it until after the resurrection.

The final event in our reading shows us that we should be a bit discerning regarding those who have religious fervor during our own ministries (23-25). Here it seems that some would willingly identify themselves as believers in Jesus, but Jesus understands that their commitment is not sincere. That is probably one of the reasons for Paul’s instruction in 1 Timothy 3:6 regarding the pastoral office. Paul says that a person who desires to be a pastor “must not be a recent convert.” There needs to be some time to discern if a person’s commitment is sincere. I’m amazed at how quickly the Christian church is to elevate a celebrity because of a “conversion,” only to discover that it might not really be the case. Churches are also sometimes so eager to have help that they don’t always do their due diligence in vetting people. May we all do better in the future!

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