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Who, exactly, got married at Cana?

Some time ago we had witnessed certain ridiculous and unfounded improvisations by the enemies of the Holy Bible, on a live television show with normally significant ratings.  And, one more time, these distorters of the Holy Bible became a laughing-stock, nation-wide, for their ignorance, their hatred and their sloppy improvisations.

In their desire to prove that Christ was….a married man, they served us one more, foolish theory.

These distorters had stated on camera that “the one getting married at Cana of Galilee… was Jesus!”



To begin with, it is easy to see that no such thing is evident from the relevant passage; therefore their conclusions are entirely arbitrary.  However, they can be laughed at for their tragic improprieties, or, one could simply feel sorry for the wretched state that fanaticism can cause to people.

The original passage says the following:

7 Jesus said to them: “Fill the water jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, “Now draw from them, and take some to the master of ceremonies.” And they brought it to him. 9 As soon as the master of ceremonies tasted the water that had turned into wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of ceremonies called out to the bridegroom 10 and said to him: “Everyone serves the good wine at the beginning, and when the guests have drunk sufficiently, then they serve the inferior wine. But you have kept the good wine until last!”   

(John 2:7-10)


In brief:

- Jesus performs the miracle of changing water into wine.

- Then He says:  “Bring some to the Master of Ceremonies” (the caterer of the event)

- The Master of Ceremonies goes to Jesus; then what does he do?  He calls out to the bridegroom, and brings to the bridegroom’s attention that
“Everyone serves the good wine at the beginning…etc"

If Jesus was the bridegroom, then why did the Master of Ceremonies call out to “the bridegroom” while he was reporting to Jesus?   Is it perhaps because Jesus and the bridegroom are two different people?  Obviously yes.

The fact that this detail stares the Neo-Paganists in the face, is of no concern to them……


The TV commentator claimed that: "It was obvious from the orders given, that it was Jesus who gave them (!!!) - that He was the bridegroom, because only the bridegroom could give orders at his wedding party.”

But this is what the passage says:

2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” 4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother (then) said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” (John 2:2-5)


Jesus did not give any orders on His own initiative; His Mother was the one who instructed the servants to do whatever He tells them to do.


If Jesus and the bridegroom were one and the same, would it be necessary for the Holy Mother to tell the servants “Do whatever He tells you”? Wouldn’t it have been self-evident that the word of the bridegroom was sufficient?  Isn’t that what these very critics asserted, when they stated that “only the bridegroom could give orders”?  

Obviously, this was the wedding of a very close friend or a relative, which explains why the Holy Mother had the right - or was authorized - to give instructions during the event.  

Furthermore, the fact that the Holy Mother had to instruct the servants: “Do whatever He tells you” (pointing to Jesus), is also proof that the servants didn’t recognize Jesus as a person who had any say in the festivities, or "confused" Jesus as the bridegroom!


In the last verse of this same chapter, it says:  "After this (=Christ’s supposed wedding-feast in the city of Cana), they went down to Capernaum - He (the… “bridegroom” Christ!!), and His Mother and His brothers and His disciples, and there (in Capernaum) they stayed, for not many days".

So, (if Christ was the bridegroom!!!), are we to believe that: right after the wedding festivities were over (“After this”), the just-married bridegroom (Christ!!!) grabbed His mother, His group of friends and His brothers (nooooo… it doesn’t say anything about taking the bride along with them!!!), they all left the wedding site to go to another city, where they didn’t stay too long…  Uhhhh… did they perhaps return from the brief ‘honeymoon’ in Capernaum, because they…. had left the bride behind, in Cana ??  Or was it a local custom for the bridegroom to desert the bride and go to another place with friends ??

What was the reason that these specific people left the festivities together, to go to Capernaum after the wedding?


That which really “screams out” in this passage (but the blinded Neo-Paganists overlooked), is the following.  Note the first words here :  

2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. (John 2:2).

WHAT????  “Jesus was invited” ??!!   Where was Jesus invited?  To His own wedding?  Is it a normal practice, for a bridegroom-to-be, to receive a wedding invitation for his own wedding?  

We may laugh at the foolish and fanatic interpretations of Neo-Paganists, but, deep down, we are concerned at the catastrophic situation that the worship of idols and corrupt, false gods has caused to their minds and their perception.




 Papyrus 52

Translation by A. N.

Greek Text

Article published in English on: 7-9-2005.

Last update: 16-4-2023.