Welcome Dear Readers to this week’s edition of Gregory’s Bible Stories.
Every week Gregory goes to Sunday School and every week he comes home and tells about what he learned.
This week Gregory learned about the first miracle that Jesus performed.
In biblical days, people were hard to get rid of. If you invited people over for dinner (which in those days was called a feast) they would stay way too long and totally wear out their welcome.
One day Jesus and the disciples were invited to a wedding and Mary, his mother, was invited too. (Either Joseph’s name wasn’t on the invitation or he couldn’t get the time off.)
Anyway, after the wedding everybody went over to the bridegroom’s house for some hardy feasting. There was wine and food and music and fun and wine.
And just like today, if the wine runs out before the party is over, somebody has to do something about it. That’s exactly what happened.
Just as Mary was going to refill her wine goblet, she overheard one of the servants talking about how the guests were complete lushes who had drunk everything in the house including the water in the fish bowl.
“I will tell Jesus,” Mary assured the servants.
Mary wove her way through the revelers and found Jesus who was just about to belt out a rousing rendition of Amazing Grace on the Karaoke machine (hand cranked).
“They have no more wine.” Mary announced unceremoniously.
To which Jesus replied, “Why are you telling me?” (Jesus tended to get a tiny bit sassy with his mom whenever she interrupted his Karaoke fun.)
Now Mary knew that Jesus would do something to help the people with their drinking problem (of not having anymore wine). She ran back to the servants and said, “Whatever He tells you to do, do it.”
Once Jesus was finished singing (he was the original crooner, it was such a pity I left my heart in San Francisco hadn’t been invented yet), he looked around and saw six water pots and told the servants to fill all six jars with water which they did.
“Now,” Jesus said, “dip wine from the jar and carry it to the man who is in charge of the feast.”
Which they also did and by the time the man put the water to his lips, it had turned into the best wine the man had ever gotten drunk on!
So he called the bridegroom over and said,”Everyone else serves the best wine first, and after the guests have drunk a lot he serves the ordinary wine. But you have kept the best wine until now.”
The man who was taking care of the feast did not know that Jesus had turned water into wine. The bridegroom did not know either. The bridegroom just assumed that the servants had found the stash of expensive wine he had taken great pains to hide before everybody arrived.
But the servants knew and Mary knew that Jesus had performed his very first miracle. Jesus had turned water into wine, not bum wine either, but really, really, really good wine. Mary couldn’t have been prouder!
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Until next time. . . I love you