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The Wedding at Cana, The first miracle of Jesus

The first miracle of Jesus has inspired many artists. This is probably the third day after Nathanael had been introduced to Jesus and he had become one of his disciples that Jesus was found in Cana and attended a wedding feast, his mother and brother are also present. Jesus opera to his miracle, changing water into fine wine.  

The Wedding at Cana, VERONESE in the Louvre museum

The Wedding at Cana Paolo Caliari 142 inv says VERONESE Towards 1563. One of the greatest paintings in the Louvre, which came in 1798. Completed in 1563 for the refectory of the Benedictine monks of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice.

détail of Christ

Room of Monan Lisa
 « And on the third day a marriage feast took place in Ca′na of Gal′i·lee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the marriage feast. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him: “They have no wine.”  But Jesus said to her: “Woman, why is that of concern to me and to you?* My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to those serving: “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars sitting there as required by the purification rules of the Jews, each able to hold two or three liquid measures. Jesus said to them: “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim.

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Then he said to them: “Now draw some out and take it to the director of the feast.” So they took it. When the director of the feast tasted the water that had now been turned into wine, not knowing where it came from (although the servants who had drawn out the water knew), the director of the feast called the bridegroom   and said to him: “Everyone else puts out the fine wine first, and when people are intoxicated, the inferior. You have saved the fine wine until now.” Jesus did this in Cana of Gali·lee as the beginning of his signs, and he made his glory manifest, and his disciples put their faith in him. » – John 2:1-11

 The Wedding at Cana INV. 431

Leandro dal Ponte, said Leandro Bassano After 1578
Leandro like material effects
and the precious lifes and
enamelled prébaroques executed
in cool tones. This composition
is a variant of an original painted
by Jacopo collaboration with
his third son, Leandro, 1579.
The Gospels never use the original word rendered miracle. Three Greek words are used. The first, dunamis, literally means power. He described the event in terms of divine power in action (Luke 9: 37-43). It may be rendered by 'capacity, power works (Luke 8: 46, Matthew 11:20, 25:15). The second teras, is often translated omen or portent (John 4:48; Acts 2:19). It highlights the effect on observers. The last term, semeion has the meaning of a sign. It focuses on the deeper meaning of the miracle, a sign that conveys a truth.

The Gospels mention some 35 miracles of Jesus

 The Wedding at Cana RF 1980-5

Juan de Valdés Leal
Seville, 1622
This work, as well as
The Meal with Simon,
must be considered less like
a sketch as a table or
small a predella element.
The altarpiece below integrates the portraits of the donor, Jean de Sedano, Spanish merchant in Bruges, and his wife Mary. The physiognomic evolution of portraits allows to place this order well after that of the Triptych of the Virgin Enthroned (RF 588), perhaps related, given its Eucharistic iconography, with the admission of the model in the Brotherhood of the Holy Blood whose emblems interlaced silver twigs and drops of blood are embroidered on his coat.

 The Wedding at Cana INV. 1995

Gérard DAVID
Bruges, 1523

Table, parts may come back
to the studio,
certainly is at the end
of the artist's career,
since his dark and melted Luminism.

Acquired by Louis XIV in 1669
to the Flemish painter JC Witte

The analysis of Jesus' miracles would be incomplete if it were limited to arguments for their authenticity. The Gospels reveal a man of deep feelings, unrivaled compassion, and who genuinely cared about the welfare of others. His empathy led him to use divine power to help people.
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday and today, and forever" we read in Hebrews 13: 8. It is ready to use his miraculous divine powers of a more remarkable man than when he was on earth. Yes, one cannot believe in the Bible without believing in miracles.




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