“The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, ‘They have no more wine.’
“’Dear woman, that’s not our problem,’ Jesus replied. ‘My time has not yet come.’
“But his mother told the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’
“Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ When the jars had been filled, he said, ‘Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.’ So the servants followed his instructions.
” When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. ‘A host always serves the best wine first,’ he said. ‘Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!’” John 2:1-10, New Living Bible*
Have you ever wondered whose wedding it was?
Why was Jesus’ mother there? She was not only present, she was running the show. Her firstborn as well as those serving at the reception deferred to her. When instructed by Mary to “do whatever [my son] tells you,” there is no record that the servants said, “We gotta run this past the MC first.” She called the shots.
Doesn’t that seem to indicate it was a family wedding, that Mary may have been the mother of either the bride or the groom? The Bible names her four younger sons–James, Joseph, Judas, and Simon–and refers to at least two daughters. Don’t you wonder if maybe it was one of them who was getting married that day?
Jesus and his best friends, the disciples, were invited to the wedding. We don’t know if any of the disciples came, but Jesus did. Why was he invited? At least one of the principals of the bridal party must have been someone close to him.
Of all the things we learn that happened at that wedding, we never learn who got married. Who officiated, what the bridesmaids wore, the flowers, the menu, the party favors–Jesus’ first miracle overshadowed everything else.
If one of Jesus’s siblings was the bride or groom, don’t you wonder how he or she felt to be upstaged by the oldest brother?
Then again, if Jesus had come to our wedding, I wouldn’t have minded if He got all the press.