Rowan Atkinson: (just for fun)
Jesus and twelve of the disciples walk into a bar.
Jesus says to the person behind the bar, thirteen glasses of water please, turns to the disciples and winks.
Did Jesus like a good party and collecting wine?
Or is the story of Jesus first miracle at a wedding of turning water into wine more than about the wine and the marriage feast?
This story is like a mini drama, a marriage was big do in the cultural context, the embarrassment as the host didn’t order enough wine from the local wine merchant Theophilus Murphy, Jesus mother getting involved and the wait staff watching with interest to see how this disaster would play out.
If NetFlix was around at the time of this story it would have made a mini -series of it and imagine the Twitter FB frenzy!!
What was going on? was it as one of my mates says, shows Jesus knew how to party? did it show Jesus understood the customs and culture of the time, maybe, or is there more to this story?
There is one account of this event, there are witnesses to this event, which is interesting because there were stories going around of others turning water into wine.
Some other questions we might ask ourselves.
Was Jesus just a magician?
What’s this calling Mary Woman and not Mum (Mom)?
Was Jesus a party animal?
Was this event a significant shift in history?
Was the incarnation about to get really serious?
I have read several blogs and articles story, some are helpful, some use it as an opportunity to ‘dismantle’ other peoples’ theological thoughts.
Take some time to listen to the piece of music attached called Water into wine by Canadian singer Bruce Cockburn and as you do close you eyes or read the story again. YouTube Bruce Cockburn Water into wine.