Jesus an Example in Social
the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus
was there: and both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
John 2:1, 2
There was to be a marriage in Cana of
Galilee. The parties were relatives of Joseph and Mary. Christ knew of this
family gathering, and that many influential persons would be brought together
there, so, in company with his newly made disciples, He made His way to Cana.
As soon as it was known that Jesus had come to the place, a special invitation
was sent to Him and His friends. . . .
He had joined the mixed assembly of a
festal gathering, and, while no shadow of worldly levity marred His conduct, He
had sanctioned the social gathering with His presence.
Here is a lesson for the disciples of
Christ through all time, not to exclude themselves from society, renouncing all
social communion and seeking a strict seclusion from their fellow beings. In
order to reach all classes, we must meet them where they are; for they will
seldom seek us of their own accord. Not alone from the pulpit are the hearts of
men and women touched by divine truth. Christ awakened their interest by going
among them as one who desired their good. He sought them at their daily
avocations and manifested an unfeigned interest in their temporal affairs. He
carried His instructions into the household of the people, bringing whole
families in their own homes under the influence of His divine presence. . . .
Jesus rebuked intemperance,
self-indulgence, and folly; yet He was social in His nature. He accepted
invitations to dine with the learned and noble, as well as the poor and
afflicted. . . . He gave no license to scenes of dissipation and revelry, yet
innocent happiness was pleasing to Him. A Jewish marriage was a solemn and
impressive occasion, the pleasure and joy of which were not displeasing to the
Son of man.
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