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Welcome to Kids Church
Do you remember last week we learned about the time Jesus calmed the storm? Are you ready to hear about another amazing miracle Jesus did?!
This week we are going to learn about the time when JESUS TURNED WATER INTO WINE.
By the way - this is the VERY FIRST miracle we read about in the Bible – the first time Jesus showed just how powerful he was!
CAN YOU GUESS?
Have a look at these pictures…. Can you guess what special even is going to happen?
…I’m sure you’ve guessed it – A WEDDING.
This miracle happened at a wedding that Jesus went to.
(Have you ever been to a wedding before? Can you remember seeing any of the things in these pictures?)
At the Wedding
If you have your own Bible, why not read the story in John chapter 2 v 1 - 11. Or you can read the passage below:
On the third day, a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
If you prefer to watch videos, here’s a short clip of the story:
DID you know
In Bible times people always served wine at a wedding – in fact, the wine was a very important part of the celebration. While Jesus was at this particular wedding, the wine ran out….oh no!! The groom (the man getting married) was expected to provide plenty of wine for the party, to show how much he appreciated his guests. This was a disaster!!
Mary (Jesus’ mum) goes to Jesus to tell him about the problem….I’m sure she probably trusted him to help fix it! What does Jesus tell the disciples to do? (Look back at the passage, if you’re stuck)
How do you think they felt putting water in the huge jars, and then taking some back out to fill the glasses? I wonder if they were confused, wondering why on earth Jesus was going to give them all water to drink?!
Imagine everyone’s surprise when the water had turned into wine….and an amazing wine at that! Remember - this is the first miracle we read about in the Bible - Jesus’ first miracle was pretty amazing, hey.
So what does this teach us about Jesus?
Jesus was the Son of God. Jesus used this miracle, and his others, to show that he was truly the Son of God. It tells us that his disciples ‘believed in him’ once they had seen this miracle (see verse 11). Does reading about the miracles Jesus did, help you to believe in Him? Why not talk to an adult about this, if you want to know more about believing in Jesus.
Jesus cares about the things that are important to us! The groom and his family would have been embarrassed that the wine had run out. Jesus loved them so much that he chose to help them… and he does the same for us. Is there something that you are worried about, but you think maybe it’s not important enough for God to care about? Let me tell you, God cares about ALL the little things (as well as the big things) in our lives.
LET's KEEP REMEmbERING
Younger kids - why not try this simple experiment at home, with the help of an adult!
Pour water into a big glass, so it’s nearly full. Slowly add some squash (cordial) and watch the water change colour, as the squash mixes in (you might need to stir it a bit!).
As you do it, remember the first miracle Jesus performed…how he turned water into wine! (why not re-tell the story to someone at home whilst you do it – see how much you can remember?)
Can you remember this story EVERY time you have a drink of squash this week! Remember that Jesus LOVES you and CARES about EVERYTHING that is important to you, even the small things
Thank you God for sending Jesus to the world to show us how much you love and care for us. Thank you that the miracles Jesus did on Earth show us that he really was your son. Thank you that you love me so much, you even care about all the small things that are important to me. Help me to trust you with anything I am worried about. Amen.
As you pray, you might want to listen to this song which tells us how much Jesus loves us.