What did he do that for?

January 12, 2011

OK, maybe he turned the water into wine to please his mother.  He was an obedient son, wasn’t he?  He did, after all, pause a moment, and say, “My hour is not yet come.”   It’s hard to imagine Jesus not being ready yet, but….

We don’t know who’s party it was; we never hear who the bride and groom are or if they even heard what happens to the water in the stone pots.

Maybe he did it to convince the disciples that were following him that they had made the right decision.  The Word does say that they believed in him after this event.  But the rest of their story is still filled with doubts.  Kind of like my story.

Perhaps the reason was….NO! That’s just too far fetched.

Whenever I look at the Word and wonder why did that happen, I can usually find the answer in just a short moment of reading.   It’s like when you read  “Therefore” you have to ask what is it there for, and the answer is almost always obvious when you are reading the Word.  But in this case the question that is asked in verses 7-10 (Why did he do that?) is answered in verse 11 not much additional reading needed.  “What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.”

He did it to reveal his glory.  OK, that was easy enough, but what about glory; what does that mean?

So lets look up glory shall we?  Lets use  http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/glory

Here’s what they say.  I have edited it for length.

–noun 

1.very great praise, honor, or distinction bestowed by common consent; renown:
OK that fits.
2.something that is a source of honor, fame, or admiration; a distinguished ornament or an object of pride:
That works too.
3.   adoring praise or worshipful thanksgiving: Give glory to god.
Yea, I see that also.
4. resplendent beauty or magnificence: the glory of autumn.
In a different way, this one works, too, doesn’t it?
5.a state of great splendor, magnificence, or prosperity.
6.a state of absolute happiness, gratification, contentment, etc.: She was in her glory when her horse won the Derby.
7.the splendor and bliss of heaven; heaven.
8.a ring, circle, or surrounding radiance of light represented about the head or the whole figure of a sacred person, as Christ or a saint; a halo, nimbus, or aureole.
Getting a handle on Jesus and his attributes is kind of like grabbing water.  Just when we think we have him figured out he reveals another aspect of himself.  If we think we can figure out his glory, jut one of his attributes, we get stymied.  There is more than we can take in in one sitting.
So I guess we will just have to keep going back for more.  I think he’s OK with that too.
Maybe he will reveal his glory to us. Maybe he has something even better than that.
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