John 2:1-12: On the third day a wedding took place

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b]

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.  John 2:1-12

Jesus first miracle was turning the water into wine.  Jesus didn’t begin His public ministry until He was first baptized in the Jordan river.  He didn’t begin His public ministry until He had spent forty days in the wilderness being tempted by the enemy.  Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit in all things and we may look at not having wine at the banquet not important enough in the eyes of the Lord.  But the Lord cares about the smallest details of our lives.

Jesus instructed those serving to bring Him six thirty gallon containers filled with water.  Every miracle Jesus did demonstrated His Lordship over all things.  There is nothing that is impossible when we have the Lord on our side and turning the water to wine to a regular person would seem impossible.  But Jesus simply spoke a word and the water was turned into wine.

It is interesting that Moses during his time when confronting Pharaoh turned the water to blood.  But Jesus was establishing a new covenant and Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but He came to save the world.  The wine tasted so good that the master of the banquet was impressed that the best wine was saved till last.

Now in no way does this account of Jesus turning the water into wine endorse drunkenness, but Jesus knew how important wine was at a wedding celebration and He moved as He was led by the Holy Spirit.  There is actually nothing wrong with drinking wine because the focus in the bible as it relates to alcohol becomes a problem when  person is given over to drunkenness.  This is mainly because when someone becomes intoxicated their ability to make decisions is hindered which can led them to make destructive choices in their life.

 

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