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What was the first miracle performed by Jesus?

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There are many differing opinions about this topic: one religion states that it was speaking by the baby Jesus, others state that it was changing water to wine. Is the truth actually recorded (in the bible) and does it really matter?

asked Aug 27, 2012 by Donald (1,280 points)

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Is the miracle of turning water to wine (miracle of the wedding) at Cana of Galilee

 

 

answered Sep 2, 2012 by مجدى تامر (140 points)
edited Sep 19, 2012 by Donald
The act of changing water to wine (note: there's a strong possibility that it wasn't wine, but juice) was not the first miracle that Jesus performed! The first miracles of Jesus are recorded in Luke 4. These events occurred before there is any mention of Jesus having disciples. The story in the fourth gospel records that Jesus and his disciples were invited to the wedding.
This story appears only in John's Gospel in chapter 2. The wine was wine because in Greek wine is wine, not unfermented juice from grapes. Moreover, John states: " And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now." You cannot get drunk on grapejuice. Wine is a gift from God (Psalm 104:15) But it can be abused just like any other gift from Him. (Proverbs 20:1) As for which is Jesus first miracle let John himself speak at John 2:11: "This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him." The problem with Luke's account is that it is not always easy to fit the stories of all four Gospels into one chronological order. Luke does the best job in following order of events (Luke 1:3), but for some reason not always. The worst is Matthew who writes thematically. On the other hand, John contributes about 90% new material about Jesus not found elsewhere as his reason for writing a Gospel at this advanced age of Christianity (around 98AD) is radically different from the others. So it is very hard to determine the order of events, even to the point that some stories look contradictory. But they are not. Yet this is not part of the original question posed on this thread.
You're correct, the question wasn't related to the pros and cons of wine (alcohol), but since you brought it up...This debate mainly falls between those who want to drink alcohol and those who don't and in most cases goes nowhere. Sometimes an unbiased source is required. That source is “statistics”

Alcohol claims over 100,000 lives each year
(that's about 25 times greater than all other deaths related to mind altering drugs combined)

The economic cost is about 120 billion dollars (each year) through: reduced work production, health care costs and premature deaths

65 million Americans (about 1 in 4) are affected by alcohol through: violence, crime, divorce, retarded children, sickness, death and dependency.

These statistics were derived from the 1990's and are more than likely higher today and they only include the United States. The world's statistics (on this issue) must be staggering.....

Update: Every 10 seconds a death occurs that is related to alcohol  (2013)  

There is more, especially relating to your support verse Psalms 104:15, but I'll leave that for another time.

Secondly, most reputable historians and scholars agree that Luke builds his gospel on the platform of historical reliability. His emphasis on chronological and historical accuracy makes this book the most comprehensive of all the gospels. Luke is also credited (by many) with writing Acts, which is also arranged mostly in a chronological order. This is contrary to the fourth gospel, where the author is not named and there is internal biblical evidence that the apostle John is not the author. We also need to consider the time period most believe the fourth gospel and Revelation were written. This time period was extremely cruel to professing Christians and to believe that one of the original apostles was allowed to live is questionable. The story of the apostles James and John recorded in Matthew 20 and Mark 10 where it is requested that they sit on the right and left of Jesus in his Kingdom is telling! Jesus tells them that they will drink the same cup he will (Matt. 20:23 & Mk. 10: 39). This cup was martyrdom (Matt. 26:39, 42, Lk. 22:42 and John 18:11).
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