2. It symbolizes the New Covenant in Christ.
According to Bible scholars, it is important to take note when John writes about a detail. Aside from the fact that the book of John is an eyewitness account, the details he writes point out important meaning. In verses 6-10, John writes about six water pots of stone containing 20-30 gallons each. The Jews use the water in these stone pots for ceremonial purification. If you are a Jew and a couple invites you to their wedding ceremony, you shall enter by the area where these stone pots are, you shall clean your hands, and feet with the water so that you would be ceremonially clean. We can see that in Mark 7:3-4. Otherwise, you cannot enter into the wedding banquet. If you do not do this, chances are, you are a gatecrasher.
In verse 7, the Lord commanded the servants to fill the stone pots with water and they filled them up to the brim. In the original Greek, a better translation is “overflows”.
Observe; the Jews used the water in those stone pots for ceremonial purification. It symbolizes a cleansing that comes by observing the Law and the tradition of the Jewish elders. Jesus turned it into wine. The kingdom of God is like a wedding banquet and the Father of the groom invites us all to come. We can enter in because we are clean not by the water in the stone pots but by the wine that overflows for all of us! “And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink you all of it; for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matt 26:27-28). The wine symbolizes the New Covenant in the blood of Christ.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, the Lord has washed our sins with His blood and has renewed us inside and out. We ought to live transformed lives as people of the New Covenant. The Father has given His Son. What else could He not give? Let us make every effort to become living proofs of God’s amazing miracle.
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1. It symbolizes transformation.
The Lord had turned odorless, tasteless and colorless water into wine. In fact, the steward of the feast said it was a good wine.
Jesus has the power to change what is nothing into something of great value. This is what attracted people to Christ: He has the power to change life; change circumstances to reveal His glory [in Greek DOXA; in Hebrew KABODE– the very presence of God] in you and through you.
The clear manifestation or validation of the Christian faith is the genuine transformation of life. If you truly desire to change, the Lord has the power to change your life. How are you as a friend? Does your ways lead your friends to Christ or is it otherwise? Yes, we all have our own personal weaknesses. It is not an easy process. Christians are not perfect people but people who live by the grace of God in each day. That is the reason why we need each other as a church. Paul calls each Christian to persevere in his spiritual life and not forsake the assembling of the believers (Heb10:25).
As Christians who love one another, we ought to remember an important duty for all of us as lay ministers of the church, and that is to become channels of God’s strength and grace by caring and praying for each other. Let us allow ourselves to become a light for God anywhere we are. We may not become exactly perfect by earthly standard but the God of mercy will be our judge and His grace will see us through until the day we shall see Him face to face. Let us become like “the good wine” that symbolizes the joy of the Lord for each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.
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A Jewish Wedding
The primary sign of joy in a Jewish wedding is the wine (a source says that it is about the alcohol content of a beer). If there is no wine, there is no joy. Wine is extremely valuable in a Jewish wedding especially during the wedding feast. Running out of wine creates terrible shame that anyone would bear for years! It would be something “unforgivable” in their tradition.
In our text, an unpleasant incident was about to take place; they ran out of wine. Bible teachers believe that the couple must have been very close to the family of Mary because if you have noticed, she was so distressed about the wine running out and she knew this inside information, which we could say, was very sensitive. In addition, she seemed to exercise authority over the servants and the fact that the Lord graced the occasion seemed to show that the couple must have been close to the family. This fact also stressed the value of marriage to the Lord. God was right there in middle of the ceremony and celebration.
Going back, Mary informed the Lord about the terrible situation and then the Lord did something unexpected. He answered her prayer by turning water into wine. Mary went to Jesus in faith, and Jesus answered her prayer with a great miracle.
We, too, have the confidence that we can always go to the Lord in prayer and He will not disappoint us most especially when our concern is beyond our personal necessities. It touches the heart of God so much when we pray for the needs of others. He gives even better things than what we could expect in our prayer.
Beyond that, I would like to give emphasis on the two important elements in this particular account: the water and the wine. The miracle of turning water into wine symbolizes two important truths for us to reflect on:
- It symbolizes transformation.
- It symbolizes the New Covenant in Christ.
to be continued…