And on the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; and Jesus also was invited, and His disciples, to the wedding. (John 2:1-2 NASB)
It is at that time which marks the beginning of the ministry of Jesus on earth that we read in the Gospel according to John of a wedding in the town of Cana. It is an occasion that follows but three days on the heels of a mighty proclamation from the lips of the prophet, John the Baptist, that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God. For Jesus, that all righteousness might be fulfilled, had presented Himself to John for baptism in the river Jordan. And John, that he might recognize Jesus as the Messiah, had been told in advance by God that, “He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon Him, this is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.” Small wonder then that John, himself, would be the first to declare to his Lord his own need to be baptized by Him.
The very next day would find the Baptist again bearing witness to the Messiah’s mission as he commands to all with ears to hear, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” Andrew, one of two of John’s disciples standing with him at the time, sought with his fellow to know more of Jesus. And with the Master’s gracious invitation, they were permitted to come with Him to see where He was staying.
We are told nothing of what Andrew and his unnamed companion saw or heard during their time with Jesus. Whatever it was, however, it was enough to convince Andrew that Jesus was the long-awaited Christ. To his own brother he goes and Simon Peter is introduced to Him who alone has words of eternal life. One day hence finds Philip and Nathaniel (whose birthplace was Cana) added to the Lord’s small band of intimate followers. Four disciples in a group whose number would later increase to twelve.
The invitation for Jesus and His disciples to come to the wedding seems, perhaps, to have come their way through our Lord’s relationship to His mother, Mary. For the text speaks first of her presence at the wedding. As Cana was in close proximity to Nazareth, Jesus’ own home town, it is not unlikely that the families involved had more than a passing acquaintance with one another.
Yet, “Jesus also was invited…”