Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 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 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.” 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 ESV)
The first of Jesus’ signs, according to John, is turning water into wine at a wedding. What are we to make of that? We can make the case Jesus wasn’t as down on alcohol as many Christians who refrain from alcohol as a badge of faith. All things are a gift from God when received with thanksgiving. Wine gladdens the heart and is fitting for such an event. Let’s think about the event for a minute. It is a wedding. The end of the Bible brings us to another wedding, the wedding of Jesus to His bride, the church. It Is the story behind every fairy tale’s ending, “they got married and lived happily ever after.” Jesus did many miracles of healing and casting out of demons. He set people free from their captivity to sin and Satan. But wine at a wedding is his inaugural sign. I love the foreshadowing!
Lord, would you give us an anticipation for this future day? Helps us to live each day now with our wedding day in mind.