John 2:1-11

2:1 The third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. 2:2 Jesus also was invited, with his disciples, to the marriage. 2:3 When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no wine.”

2:4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with you and me? My hour has not yet come.”

2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever he says to you, do it.” 2:6 Now there were six water pots of stone set there after the Jews’ way of purifying, containing two or three metretes apiece. 2:7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” They filled them up to the brim. 2:8 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the ruler of the feast.” So they took it. 2:9 When the ruler of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and didn’t know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the ruler of the feast called the bridegroom, 2:10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when the guests have drunk freely, then that which is worse. You have kept the good wine until now!” 2:11 This beginning of his signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.


I don’t understand Christians who are against alcohol.

Jesus arrives at a party, where the guests have drunk the place dry. Jesus does not say, “Don’t you think you’ve had enough?”, “Drinking is bad”, or anything like that; He gives them another 150 gallons of booze (a metrete is about ten gallons).


  1. candidchatter said

    ROFL — soooooo true!!! 🙂 Some Christians are against alcohol because of Proverbs. I’m sure there are other reasons. I think Paul might mention alcohol, but I think it’s more that we shouldn’t be drunk on wine or something. I’m too busy to look it up, but you might wanna check into it if you’re bored. I’m a drinking Christian though. Certain ppl just love to get all legalistic. LOL!

    PS: So glad you’re reading John. One of my most favorite Books. 🙂

  2. Ivan said

    Yes, I think Paul speaks more against drunken and licentious behaviour, which is fair enough.

    John used to be my favourite Gospel, but after this last reread, and this Acts1723 project, I’m not so sure. When I’ve finished John we’ll be able to see how many posts I’ve made for each Gospel. Maybe it will win after all.

    I’ll be blogging my way through the Acts and the letters next. On the other hand, I’m impatient to read the Old Testament. Can’t decide: see how I feel when I’ve finished John. I remember, when I read the Acts for the first time last summer, being surprised by how good I found it (and of course it gave me the title for my blog).

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