After turning water to wine in Cana and quietly exiting that event, Jesus went to Capernaum where He set up a home base before traveling to Jerusalem for Passover. Remember what John the Baptist declared the first time Jesus appeared on the banks of the Jordan? “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29). Therefore, I find it fascinating that the Apostle John makes a point of noting the three years Jesus journeyed to Jerusalem to observe the oldest and most important of all the Jewish feasts: the one celebrating and remembering the salvation of Israel in Egypt through the blood of lambs. Each year of Jesus’ earthly ministry, He committed to being in Jerusalem for the ritual God ordained as a foreshadowing of the sacrifice He would eventually make on a hill outside Jerusalem during Passover.
So Jesus went up to Jerusalem for Passover shortly after calling His disciples and starting His public ministry. While He was there an event took place that highlighted the differences between Jesus and the religious leaders of the day and started the tension between them that would ultimately culminate two years later. What was that event? The infamous purging of the temple.
After spending thirty years in obscurity, Jesus stepped into the pages of world history and began His three years of earthly ministry. First, He was baptized and declared the Messiah by His cousin, John the Baptist, and then He started calling the men who would become His closest disciples. As Jesus was gathering His disciples and preparing to start His ministry throughout Israel, He attended a wedding where a hosting emergency came up that would thrust Jesus into the spotlight sooner than he intended. This event was the wedding at Cana where Jesus performed His first miracle.