Tonight we continued our study of the Mighty Acts of God. Our story fell to Jesus’ first miracle in John 2.
We focussed our time on two points…
- Marriage is Good
- Jesus is God
I questioned whether point one would work with a group of kids, eventually deciding to go for it. It was interesting to see how well the girls tracked with that portion of the teaching. Kindergarten boys… not so much. I also admit getting a little red-faced as I read the passage. You never realize how many times the word wine is used in John 2 until you try teaching it to a room full of kids.
Talk to your kids about marriage regardless of their age.
Read Hebrews 13:4
- Marriage is a part of God’s plan (Gen 2)
- Marriage is between a husband and wife (Gen 2)
- Marriage is meant to be a life-long commitment (Matt 19)
- Marriage is right and good (Gen 2)
Here is some great commentary on John 2
We learn, firstly, from these verses, how honourable in the sight of Christ is the estate of matrimony. To be present at a “marriage” was almost the first public act of our Lord’s earthly ministry.
Marriage is not a sacrament, as the Church of Rome asserts. It is simply a state of life ordained by God for man’s benefit. But it is a state which ought never to be spoken of with levity, or regarded with disrespect. The Prayerbook service has well described it, as “an honourable estate, instituted of God in the time of man’s innocency, and signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt Christ and his Church.” Society is never in a healthy condition, and true religion never flourishes in that land where the marriage tie is lightly esteemed. They who lightly esteem it have not the mind of Christ, He who “beautified and adorned the estate of matrimony by His presence and first miracle that He wrought in Cana of Galilee,” is One who is always of one mind. “Marriage,” says the Holy Ghost by St. Paul, “is honourable in all.” (Heb. xiii. 4.)
One thing, however, ought not to be forgotten. Marriage is a step which so seriously affects the temporal happiness and spiritual welfare of two immortal souls, that it ought never to be taken in hand “unadvisedly, lightly, wantonly, and without due consideration.” To be truly happy, it should be undertaken “reverently, discreetly, soberly, and in the fear of God.” Christ’s blessing and presence are essential to a happy wedding. The marriage at which there is no place for Christ and His disciples, is not one that can justly be expected to prosper.
Ryle, J. C., Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, Vol. 3, John 1:1-10:30, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI, 2007,