The wedding at Cana is one of the most famous events in the New Testament, marking the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. The story is well-known, but who exactly was present at this historic occasion? Let’s take a look at the disciples that were with Jesus at the wedding in Cana.
Who were the disciples?
Before we get into specifics about who was present at the wedding in Cana, let’s quickly review who the disciples were. The term “disciple” refers to a follower of Jesus Christ during his life and ministry on earth.
Jesus handpicked 12 men to be his closest followers and students. They were:
- Bartholomew (also known as Nathanael)
- Matthew (also known as Levi)
- Thomas (also known as Didymus)
- James (son of Alphaeus)
- Jude (also known as Thaddeus or Lebbaeus)
- Simon (the Zealot)
- Judas Iscariot (who would later betray Jesus)
The Wedding in Cana
The wedding in Cana is recorded in John 2:1-11. It tells the story of a wedding where Mary, Jesus’ mother, was present along with Jesus and his disciples. The event took place on the third day after Jesus had called Philip and Nathanael to follow him.
Peter and Andrew
While John’s gospel does not mention Peter and Andrew specifically as being present at the wedding in Cana, it is safe to assume that they were there. Peter and Andrew were two of the first disciples called by Jesus and were present during many of his early ministry activities. It is likely that they would have been with Jesus at this important event.
James and John
Like Peter and Andrew, James and John are not mentioned specifically as being present at the wedding in Cana. However, it is probable that they were there. James and John were among Jesus’ closest disciples and were present for many of the key events in his ministry.
Philip and Nathanael
As mentioned earlier, Philip and Nathanael had recently been called by Jesus to follow him when the wedding in Cana took place. While it is not explicitly stated that they were there, it seems likely that they would have been included among the group of disciples who accompanied Jesus to the wedding.
The Rest of the Disciples
The remaining disciples – Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (son of Alphaeus), Jude, Simon (the Zealot), and Judas Iscariot – are not specifically mentioned as being present at the wedding in Cana. However, it is possible that some or all of them may have been there.
While we can’t say for certain which disciples were present at the wedding in Cana, we can reasonably assume that most if not all of them would have been there with Jesus. Regardless of who exactly was present, this event marked a significant moment in Jesus’ ministry as he performed his first miracle by turning water into wine.