On the third day a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding as well.
John 2:1-2 HCSB
I have had the opportunity to actually visit the church in Cana that is built over the spot where many speculate that Jesus attended the wedding festival referenced in today’s Scripture. My wife and I also have had the privilege of renewing our wedding vows along with other couples visiting the church. Cana is a small town in Israel. The church is an old church built out of stone.
In Jesus’ time a wedding would often last all week. Evidently they were on the third day of celebration when Jesus and His disciples came to the festivities. Most likely everyone in town would have been invited to the wedding in Cana. Jesus and His disciples had taken time away from healing the sick and ministry to attend the wedding celebration. As the Son of God, Jesus enjoyed being where people were because it provided an opportunity to minister.
Challenge: We are often tempted not to take time away from our work due to our business commitments. If Jesus could take time off to attend a wedding party, perhaps we should also take time to celebrate with others. Our social time may quite possibly be a part of God’s plan for our lives. Times of celebration often can provide opportunities of ministry.