The first miracle that Jesus does, changing water to wine, seems to show his desire to celebrate life
Anyway, about the wedding feast … when I read this, it’s hard to think of anything but the movie I saw when I first became a christian, the first time I took the online retreat … guess that was an impressionabel time for me … I know it’s not the scripture itself, just a movie, but here’s how I shall always see that wedding feast story of John’s …
In the movie, Jesus and his mom attended the wedding of a relative. He took along his two new disciples as well. John was sold on Jesus, thought he was the messiah, but Andrew wasn’t so sure and his misgivings weren’t mitigated by the sight of Jesus dancing and generally partying like a normal guy. When Jesus took a break from dancing, he asked his disciples if they were having a good time, why they weren’t dancing. Darkly, Andrew said he wouldn’t “party” until Isreal was rid of Rome, implying, it seemed, that Jesus as the messiah had better things to do than dance. Perhaps he wasn’t the right guy for the job, afterall.
Jesus was crestfallen. His mom, who had heard this exchange, came forward and mentioned to Jesus that there was no wine. He asked, distracted, what concern it was of theirs. She told him that this was the time to show Andrew he hadn’t made the wrong choice in bexoming a disciple. Jesus reluctantly agreed, turned the water into wine, and brought some of it to Andrew, saying that the cup for which he had waited had arrived … Jesus did this … and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.
I don’t know if this senario actually happened or if it was placed there by the writer of John for some purpose (as David said) but it speaks to me about Jesus, his relationship with his mom, his disciples, and his view of life as a wedding feast that should never end.