The Master at a Marriage

by Stephen F. Olford

The Master at a Marriage

Text: "There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus,…Jesus and His disciples were invited" (John 2:1, 2, NKJV; read vv. 1-12).

Thought: God introduced the institution of marriage and conducted the first wedding ceremony (Gen. 2:18, 21-25). The Old Testament begins with this story, and the New Testament opens with a similar record of Christ attending a wedding. What His presence meant to this couple on their special day has carried a blessed significance throughout the centuries.

1. His Presence Graced the Marriage-"Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding" (v. 2). If marriage were not of God, the Lord would have refused to attend; but by attending this happy celebration He sanctioned and sanctified the rite of marriage forever, lifting it out of pagan and worldly marital conceptions into the holy light of a God-given institution. The secret of wedded bliss is to invite Christ to share your lives, love, courtship, and marriage.

2. His Presence Gladdened the Marriage-"And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no wine'" (v. 3). In the Middle East, wine is a symbol of gladness (Ps. 104:15). If the wine had failed at the wedding this would have cast a cloud over the event and would have marred forever the memory of this special day. But Jesus was there. By changing water into wine He turned human failure into divine success. Ever after it was known as the wedding of "the good wine" (v. 10). Human love can fail, but the presence of Jesus assures "the fruit of the Spirit [which] is love" (Gal. 5:22). It "bears all things…endures all things [and]…never fails" (1 Cor. 13:7, 8), even under the pressure of modern life.

3. His Presence Glorified the Marriage-"Jesus…manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him" (v. 11). His close followers saw the outshining of Christ's character and power as never before. John defines this glory in chapter 1:14 as being "full of grace and truth"-grace symbolizing the characteristics of fragrance and fruitfulness, and truth representing the characteristics of reality and authority. When Jesus Christ is the integrating point between a man and a woman, He glorifies a marriage by guaranteeing the unity, purity, and constancy of love.

Thrust:

Blessed is the marriage where Jesus Christ is Lord,

And blessed is that marriage when based upon His Word. S.F.O.