Welcome back to the 21 day challenge. Today we are in John chapter 2. Besides using the format I described yesterday, I will sometimes give a fun fact about the Book of John. The author of John was one of the 12 original apostle of Jesus.
The version I am using today is the New American Standard Bible (NASB). For many years it was my favorite version of the Bible and one I still appreciate very much. The NASB was first published in 1971 is a word to word translation and was long considered the most literal translation of all english language bibles.
John 3:16 in NASB. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
John Chapter 2 NASB
Miracle at Cana
1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; 2 and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus *said to Him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus *said to her, “Woman, [a]what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother *said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” 6 Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing [b]twenty or thirty gallons each. 7 Jesus *said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He *said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the [c]headwaiter.” So they took it to him. 9 When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter *called the bridegroom, 10 and *said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have [d]drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This beginning of His [e]signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.
12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother and His brothers and His disciples; and they stayed there a few days.
First Passover—Cleansing the Temple
13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; 16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a [f]place of business.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then said to Him, “What sign do You show us [g]as your authority for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this [h]temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It took forty-six years to build this [i]temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” 21 But He was speaking of the [j]temple of His body. 22 So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.
23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, observing His signs which He was doing. 24 But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, 25 and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man. John Chapter 2 NASB
Observation: Jesus earthlyy ministry began near the passover and ended near the passover.
Question: Why was Jesus reluctant to use his power in verses 4 and 24?
Application: I tend to get angry when I feel like I am being dishonored not by real injustice like Jesus did in verses 13 through 16. I need to look for opportunities to stand up for God and those who cannot stand up for themselves.