Water Into Wine

brown clay pot on white sand near body of water during daytime
 
Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.  7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.      John 2:6-11
 
Did you ever wonder why Jesus chose this for his first miracle?

Don’t get me wrong, providing high-quality alcohol for wedding reception guests is a very nice gesture, but it seems a little strange for Miracle # 1!

But maybe not.  The Old Testament was fond of talking about the coming of the Messiah as being a time of plenty.  Isaiah and Jeremiah, Hosea and Amos all talk about freely-flowing wine.  So this is certainly a demonstration that Jesus is the promised Messiah.

In addition, a wedding is perfect place for the first miracle, because it reflects that often-used Scriptural metaphor of Jesus as the bridegroom and his church as the bride. 

Or maybe Jesus just wanted to give the guests at that wedding a small foretaste of how incredible the banquet in eternity will be!  Isaiah says it will be “the best of meats and the finest of wines.”

Regardless of Jesus’ reason for this miracle, it clearly shows Jesus’ power.  This is no ordinary prophet.  And at the beginning of his ministry, we can’t help but anticipate what else He will do.

Ironically, at the end of John’s Gospel we have another appearance of wine.  But this time it’s not the best, it’s the worst.  Remember the cheap wine turned to vinegar that was lifted up to Jesus’ lips when he said that he was thirsty on the cross?

But isn’t that just like Jesus?  He provides the best for us and took on the worst – the cross – instead of us.  Thank you, Jesus!

Heavenly Father, You fulfilled Your promise to send a Messiah and Savior in Jesus.  Receive our thanks this day for all that He has done for us, especially providing us with forgiveness, life and salvation through His death and resurrection.  In His name we pray, Amen. 

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