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THE MARRIAGE AT CANA

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Monday Evening, September 2, 2019

“And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him” (John 2:1-11; p. 1116 Scofield).


1.  The marriage at Cana took place on the third day after Jesus came into Galilee, John 2:1. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was there. Joseph was not mentioned. Most commentators think Joseph had been dead for years. Jesus, being the oldest child, had stayed at home to take care of the family, until the other children were old enough to take care of themselves. Jesus suffered,

1.  The death of a parent.

2.  Being the child of a one-parent family.

3.  Having to work as a carpenter at an early age to provide for His
mother and His half-brothers and sisters.

2.  Jesus and His Disciples were invited to the marriage, John 2:2.

Jesus was a friendly person. He was not anti-social. His ministry was focused on being with people and helping them. Jesus was teaching His Disciples to be happy when they are at such an event as a marriage.

Jesus honored marriage between a man and a woman. He honored marriage by (1) attending the marriage; (2) by meeting the needs of the people there.

3.  Mary was concerned with the party, John 2:3. There was to be a week-long celebration. Good, germ-free water was scarce, and it was used only once in a while. Wine was used in the Middle East in marriages. Ephesians 5:18 says,

“Be not drunk with wine” (p. 1254).

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1 ; p. 686).

Mary was concerned about the party. But it was only a social concern. We must be careful not to let our “party” be the main thing.

Jesus had a deeper concern. He wanted His mother to know that He came to earth for another “hour” – His death on the Cross, John 2:4. He wanted Mary and His Disciples to know that “His hour” was to go to the Cross, “My hour is not yet come.”

4.  Mary had confidence in her Son, John 2:5.

Jesus had not yet performed any miracles, John 2:11.

Jesus saw an opportunity to show His creative power, John 2:6-10.


The six water pots were used by the Jews for ceremonial cleansing. Jesus used the water pots to show He had the power.


1.  To purify, cleanse and satisfy men.

2.  To create and produce whatever is necessary to cleanse and satisfy men.

5.  The results of Christ’s power

1.  The need was provided.

2.  Christ’s power was demonstrated.

“The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7; p. 1321).

3. The faith of His Disciples was strengthened even more, John 2:11.

Jesus and His Disciples went down to Capernaum for a short time, John 2:12.

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