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  The Great Bible Story #94
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Confrontation and miracles

Jacob Ninan
One day Jesus and His disciples were invited to a wedding of a relative of Mary in Cana. While they were there, Mary came and informed Jesus that the wine had run out, hoping He would be able to handle the crisis. But Jesus told her it did not have anything to do with Him because His time was not yet ready, meaning His Father had not told Him about it. But afterwards He must have heard from the Father because He went to the servants there, asked them to fill with water six large jars they had there, and to take out some to the head waiter. The head waiter tasted the wine (because the water had turned into wine) and said that it was even finer than the one they had served earlier! This was the first miracle which Jesus did, and it was a sign for the people to recognise who He was. This helped His disciples to get confirmed in their faith in Him.

One day Jesus went as usual to the synagogue where He was given the Book of Isaiah to read. He turned to the place where the prophecy about the Spirit of God coming upon God's Servant was mentioned, how He would proclaim good news to the poor about the favourable year of the Lord, release of the captives and recovery of sight of the blind, and how He would set free those who were oppressed. Then He declared to them that the prophecy was being fulfilled before their eyes! All who heard this were happy, and began declaring how well He spoke and what a good Man He was. But then He said that no prophet was welcome in his hometown, and that a time would come when they would reject Him. They got so upset with this that they rose up, took Him out of the city and wanted to throw Him over the cliff. But He quietly walked away from them.

Joseph and Mary had had a few 'normal' children after Jesus was born. These siblings of Jesus had seen nothing supernatural with Jesus all the years they had grown up together. For them He was just like them, except in terms of His character, and they had no idea they were living with the Son of God. Now suddenly He was becoming famous. They could not understand this, even when they saw the miracles, and they thought He was trying to make Himself a great leader. Sometimes when He was so taken up with His ministry among people that He didn't get time to eat, they even accused Him of losing His head! It was only much later that they understood who He really was. James and Jude who wrote two books in the Bible were two of His brothers!


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