According to John: Act 1, Scene 2 (Wine and Weddings)

Joel Michael Herbert
3 min readApr 21, 2024
Photo by Pablo Heimplatz on Unsplash

Three days later, a wedding festivity was being held in Reed Village, a town in the district of Galilee, and Salvation’s mother was there as a guest of honor, so Salvation and his devotees also received invitations to the wedding. The wine began to run out, and Salvation’s mother took him aside. “The wine is gone,” she told him knowingly. Salvation shook his head, bewildered. “Lady,” he feigned mock sternness, “I told you — this is none of your business or mine. It’s not the right time. My moment is not here yet.” His mother snagged one of the servants frantically dashing by. “You — do whatever he tells you.”

There were six large stone water jars sitting nearby, used for the Jewish ritual washing requirements, about twenty to thirty gallons in capacity. Salvation sighed and said to the maître d’, “fill those pots up with water.” So they did, all the way to the brim. Salvation said, “alright, now ladle some of it out and take it in a cup for the bride’s father, the host.” So they did, and when he tasted the water that had been made into wine, having no idea where it came from (though all the serving staff knew), the host called the bridegroom over, beaming. “My son!” he exulted, “in every wedding I’ve attended, the best wine is served first, then when everyone is drunk and has no discerning palate left, then they bring out the cheap stuff. But you! You…

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Joel Michael Herbert

Husband. Father. Artist. Storyteller. Armchair Theologian. Advocate, activist and politician. Gryffindor. [neuro]Divergent.