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A new nursery program is available during the 10:00 a.m. Thank you to all of those who have volunteered to assist with this much needed ministry. The primary professional & certified attendant will be Shantel Taylor, who is the Related Arts and Extended Care Teacher for our St. James School.
"Jesus did this . . . in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory."
Second Sunday after Epiphany
Water Turned to Wine
John 2:1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.
NSRV & Believer's Study Bible (BSB) Notes
[John 2:1] Cana is a village about 9 miles north of Nazareth and is the home of Nathanael (21:2).
[John 2:3] (vv. 3-5) Mary appears only twice in the fourth Gospel -- here and at the cross (19:25ff.). Jesus' response to Mary's request was not disrespectful or a refusal. Christ uses this same term to address other women (4:21; 20:13; Matt. 15:28; Luke 13:12). His question seeks to lead one to see the connection between the revelation of His glory and the sign-miracle He was about to do. Mary's response indicates that Jesus will do something about the discovered need.
[John 2:10] Diluted wine (three parts water to one part wine) was a common beverage with meals in the culture of that day. Our Lord's first miracle in John speaks of the new blessings which come as a result of His presence. Wine typically speaks of the joy of spiritual life. With the coming of Jesus, God's best has arrived at last, and in contrast to Moses, who turned water into blood in judgment (cf. Ex. 7:14-24), Jesus turns water into wine in joyful celebration of a new age.
[John 2:11] John speaks of Christ's "miracles" as signs (semeion, Gk.). The word stresses the spiritual significance of the miracle and points away from itself to Christ who performed it. John chooses seven major signs to relate in his Gospel, each characteristically pointing the way to Christ and, hence, to some aspect of the meaning of salvation (cf. vv. 1-11; 4:46-54; 5:1-16; 6:1-14; 6:15-21; 9:1-41; 11:1-46). John's entire Gospel is designed to convince its readers that Jesus is the Son of God through whom one may truly live, in this life and in eternity (20:30, 31).
Readings for the week of Janaury 27th
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