I told you on Monday, that my church is having our sixth healing crusade. Every night we gather for praise and worship, a short message, and lots of prayer. My pastor’s theme for the week is Jesus‘s favorite miracles. He started with his first miracle of changing water into wine at the wedding in Cana.
John 2:1-11 “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
4 “Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
6 “Now there were set there six water pots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. 9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
11 “This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.”
His exchange with his mother in this passage might seem disrespectful. It was not. “Woman” was a respectful address. Mary knew who her son was and knew there was a need. When she said “whatever he says to you do it” she showed her absolute trust in who her son is.
Six water jugs are important because in Hebrew six symbolizes man and human weakness. Jesus used those six jugs as a symbol of his glory which will come and overcome our weaknesses.
The servants filled the jugs to the brim. Isn’t it wonderful that Jesus feels us to the brim with his living water?
John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
John 4:9-11 9 “Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
Why is wine significant? We take wine in communion that represents Jesus’s blood which was shed for the new covenant and our salvation!
John 6:53 “Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.”
Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
Hebrews 10:19 “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus”
1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
1 John 5:6 “This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.”
The master of the feast was very surprised to taste the wine as it was so excellent. Many hosts would save the lesser of wine for later in the evening when people were already drunk so they would not know that it was the lesser wine. But Jesus always brings us his best!
Luke 15:22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.”
My pastor then brought it full circle. Jesus’s first miracle was at a wedding and his last miracle will be at a wedding.
Revelation 21:1-3 “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.”
Revelation 21:5-7 5 “Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”
The imagery of the bride here illustrates where God’s people, or more specifically, Christ’s Church, is prepared for the marriage of the Lamb. Husband refers to Christ the Lamb of God. What a celebration that will be!