Great Plains Daily Devotional for 1/17/2022

Today please be in prayer for

US Air Force
Wichita East District
Andover UMC
Wichita East District
Arkansas City First UMC
Wichita East District
Arkansas City Grandview UMC
Mount Hope (Ark City) UMC
Wichita East District

Today's Lectionary Text

John 2:1-11

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Today's Devotional

In our gospel reading, we are introduced to what John refers to as the first of Jesus' signs.  

What do you think prompted Mary to turn to her son and what did she expect him to do?

Ultimately Jesus does as his mother requested, but he has said his hour hasn't come.  Do you think he wasn't ready to begin his ministry? Or do you think he knew this would be the beginning of the end?

Wedding feasts could go on for days, and we don't know what day of the feasting or celebration this event has happened.  Wine would be watered down to make it last as well as to keep it from fermenting.  The bridegroom is surprised at the quality of the wine at this point in the feasting after this first miracle has occurred. The servants knew what happened. 

How quickly do you think word spread?

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