According to John’s account Yeshua’s first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding in Cana. Mary insisted that the servants bring down some water barrels for Yeshua and then instructed them to do whatever he told them to do. It was later said that it was the best wine anyone at the feast had ever tasted. Also John would later describe this as the first of seven signs that Yeshua was the messiah they had been promised in scripture.
It was about this time that Simon Peter, and Andrew had fished all night. They had caught nothing when Yeshua had come along. He told them to launch their nets again. When they did they caught so many fish the boat nearly sank. Yeshua said upon their return, “If you come with me and I will make you fishers of men.” One does not just follow someone they do not know like that anymore than it’s likely that Yeshua’s personality just changed overnight. It’s easy to speculate that the trio had known each other for years.
Whatever the case, Yeshua had already developed quite a reputation as a healer and teacher for the six months before his famous trip to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover. This was the first of three trips during his ministry. It was also a requirement for all Jewish men every year, at the time.
He saw a horrid site in the temple. Money changers were profiting at the expense of the poor, and in some cases cheating them altogether. he found merchants selling livestock, (Much of it was sickly at best. Whereas it was a requirement that only the best be sacrificed to God. All of this in the court reserved for the gentiles, thus preventing them from worshiping God in the temple.
Using a cord as a whip Yeshua turned the tables over, spilling the money, and chased these people defiling the house of god out. You see Yeshua didn’t care about money, as he had previously indicated: Man does not live on bread alone.
The Jewish leaders in the Sanhedrin were pissed at this, because many of them were making a lot of money off the feast till he came along. The Sanhedrin was the ruling religious counsel for the Jews. Though the Romans has subjugated Israel, they had no wish to get involved in the minutia of day to day life out in their frontier. They only cared that the Jews paid tribute (taxes) and submitted to their sovereignty. The Sanhedrin answered only to the Roman’s and their puppet government. They blasted Yeshua asking him: By what right he had to disrupt their business. And it was from this moment on that the leaders would start plotting how to ruin and kill him.
There was dissension in the ranks, though. For example one of those leaders was Nicodemus. Nick had obviously heard of Yeshua’s reputation as a teacher and a healer. It was a point he brought up with Yeshua that night. “No one could do the things you do if they weren’t from God” They had a deep philosophical conversation for the rest of the night. That conversation must have meant a lot to Nick, because he would stand by his conviction supporting Yeshua up to at least the burial three years later. What are your thoughts on the first miracles of Jesus? What is so important about the story of Jesus in the temple that it was included in scripture? How does the story of Nicodemus change of heart -- from pharisee to follower -- impact the story of Christ?