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The Wedding at Cana
2 1Two days later there was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother
was there. 2Jesus and his followers were also invited to the wedding. 3At the wedding
there was not enough wine. After the wine was all gone, Jesus' mother said to him,
"They have no more wine." 4Jesus answered, "Dear woman, you should not tell me what
to do. My time has not yet come." 5Jesus' mother said to the servants, "Do what
Jesus tells you to do." 6In that place there were six large waterpots made of stone.
The Jews used waterpots like these in their washing ceremonies.* Each waterpot held
about 20 or 30 gallons. 7Jesus said to the servants, "Fill those waterpots with
water." So the servants filled the pots to the top. 8Then Jesus said to the servants,
"Now take out some water. Carry the water to the master of the feast." So the servants
brought the water to the master. 9Then the man in charge of the wedding feast tasted
it, but the water had become wine. The man did not know where the wine came from.
But the servants that brought the water knew where it came from. The master of the
wedding called the bridegroom.* 10He said to the bridegroom, "People always serve
the best wine first. Later, after the guests have become drunk, people serve the
cheaper wine. But you have saved the best wine until now." 11This was the first
miracle* that Jesus did. Jesus did this miracle in the town of Cana in Galilee.
So Jesus showed his greatness. And his followers believed in him. 12Then Jesus
went to the town of Capernaum.* Jesus' mother and brothers and his followers went
with him. They all stayed in Capernaum a few days.
Jesus at the Temple
(Mt. 21:12-13; Mk. 11:15-17; Lk. 19:45-46)
13It was almost time for the Jewish Passover.* So Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14In
Jerusalem Jesus went to the temple.* In the temple area Jesus saw men selling cattle,
sheep, and doves. Jesus saw other men sitting at tables. These men were exchanging
and trading people's money. 15Jesus made a whip with some pieces of rope. Then Jesus
forced all these men and the sheep and cattle to leave the temple area. Jesus turned
over the tables and scattered the money of the men that exchange money. 16Then Jesus
said to the men that were selling pigeons, "Take these things out of here! Don't
make my Father's house a place for buying and selling!" 17When this happened the
followers of Jesus remembered what was written [in the Scriptures* ]: "My excitement
for your house will destroy me."
18The Jews said to Jesus, "Show us a miracle* for a sign. Prove that you have the
right to do these things." 19Jesus answered, "Destroy this temple and I will build
it again in three days." 20The Jews answered, "People worked 46 years to build this
temple! Do you really believe you can build it again in three days?" 21(But the
temple Jesus meant was his own body. 22After Jesus was raised from death, his followers
remembered that Jesus had said this. So his followers believed the Scripture* [about
him], and they believed the words Jesus said.) 23Jesus was in Jerusalem for the
Passover* festival. Many people believed in Jesus because they saw the miracles*
he did. 24But Jesus did not trust them. Why? Because Jesus knew the things people
were thinking. 25Jesus did not need any person to tell him about people. Jesus knew
what was in a person's mind.
Footnotes: washing ceremonies The Jews had religious rules about washing in special
ways before eating, before worshiping in the temple, and at other special times.
bridegroom A man that is getting married. miracle(s) Miracles are amazing works
done by God's power. Capernaum A town in Galilee where Jesus taught. Passover An
important Jewish holy day. The Jews ate a special meal on this day every year to
remember that God freed them from slavery in Egypt in the time of Moses. temple
The special building in Jerusalem for Jewish worship. Scriptures Holy Writings--the
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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