Golden Ticket = Invitation

This is just a picture from the internet. I did not take the time to watch the movie to see what the ticket actually looked like. No problem.

For my purpose, I am interested in the symbolism of the ticket, not the actual ticket.

Just hold that thought about symbolism for a moment.

Here are the two verses that begin in Ch. 2 of John:

1On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. ” NIV

Examine these words with me.

  • On the third day…Jesus had been baptized by John just three days prior. Before that, he was nobody. As in, he had not started his ministry yet. The crowds that yearned for signs and wonders had not yet formed. No one knew what Jesus could do…yet.
  • A wedding took place…weddings in ancient Israel were magnificent events. Lasting many days, there was much joy and feasting. It was common for many family and friends to be a part of all that was happening. Even though weddings are special occasions, they are not unique. They are common. It was normal for a wedding to occur. Along with being common, they were accessible. Anyone could get married or be part of the wedding ceremony. There was nothing out of the ordinary with this wedding.
  • At Cana in Galilee…just another small town. It was near where Jesus would have grown up. But really, nothing stand out about this location.
  • Jesus’ mother was there…perhaps the bride or groom was a family friend of the family. We simply don’t know the details. Mary’s presence is important though, as we will see.
  • And Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding...can you imagine a wedding where Jesus and his rugged band of brothers show up? Probably a single bridesmaid’s dream!

And now we come to the point.

Jesus was invited to a wedding.

Big deal, right? Maybe not at first but ponder this for a moment:

What if you invited Jesus to your ________________? (Put whatever occasion, event, or situation you would like in the blank.)

I ended my previous post with this question: If you were the one sending out golden tickets, who would you invite?

In the biblical story, did the happy couple realize just who it was that they invited when an invite was sent to Jesus?

I doubt it.

You and I have golden tickets to hand out every day.

Going to work or school. Making a meal at home. Spending time with family or friends. Playing golf or having a drink with an old friend.

You get the idea.

Jesus is anxiously waiting to get his golden ticket from you. He really wants to be a part of your life and mine. Yes, our messy, busy, crazy, screwed up lives.

You don’t have a clue as to the possibilities that Jesus brings from being present in your life. I don’t either.

But I think we could stand to find out. Don’t you?


My next post is where we will discover the possibilities of Jesus being at a wedding.

But for now, send out your own invites. Get those golden tickets out there!

Better than a Golden Ticket

Remember Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

There were 5 Golden Tickets hidden in five random Wonka Bars. If this is not jogging your memory, the book, the movie, and the remake movie are all fairly accessible.

golden ticket

I preferred the book.

Charlie, the poor little boy living on scraps with his parents and extended family, finds a Golden Ticket! He won!

That might be the shortest movie synopsis ever.

Charlie gets invited to Willy Wonka’s candy factory!

It would have been the most exhilarating and memorable occasion in Charlie’s life!

charlie and golden ticket


If you were wondering about this blog turning into a modern Siskel & Ebert, no worries. I would not be very good at reviewing and rating movies.

But I can draw connections from the things we know (movies and such) to the things with which we are not as familiar (God and His Word).

This post starts a series called “Better than a Golden Ticket” It will be taken from John 2, in the New Testament.

The chapter starts with a wedding. Jesus, his mother Mary, and the disciples are all present.

And that’s all you get for now.

sad charlie

For now, ponder this: If you were the one sending out golden tickets, who would you invite?