A Celebration of New Life Together
M. Jolaine Szymkowiak
The wonder of Christ's first recorded miracle and all that happens that wonderful day of wedding celebration gives a glimpse of what is meant in our relationship with Christ and God the Father.
When at a wedding feast with friends and family, upon his mother's request to remedy the situation of not enough wine, Jesus knows and tells that this is not the time to fully reveal who He is (John 2:4). Soon enough He will leave home, to heal the sick, give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf and teach hungry hearts (Matthew 11:4-6, Luke 7:22). This is a time to be with friends and family, to enjoy the celebration of new life together. However, Jesus goes ahead and does use this time to symbolically make a statement of who He is and why He is with us. He does this quite simply with water, purification water jars, and the wedding celebration itself.
Jesus has the servants fill the six- 20-30 gallon purification water jars with fresh water that upon the taste test by the headwaiter, it is wine of the best quality, giving more wine than is needed, 180 gallons of wine (2:7-9). In this He shows His love, grace and mercy, which in Him only abounds. He bestows with such abundance. We cannot measure or empty the love He has for us. Our cup overflows (Psalm 23:5, Romans 5:15, 15:13).
The water symbolizes the old covenant He came to replace; the wine, the new covenant. In using the purification jars, Jesus shows that the old law thought only for the Jews has been fulfilled and that there is now a new one for everyone, Jew and Gentile alike. "Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them" (Matthew 5:17), for the act of purification is no longer needed. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
Jesus is now the Way to come to God and salvation. There is no other way. "I am the Way, the Truth, the Live; no man comes unto the Father but by me" (John 14:6). Belief in Him may one be saved, washed clean by His blood, all are the same in the sight of God. "And God who knows the heart, bore witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith" (Acts 15:8-9).
Jesus gives the good wine last (2:10), as John the Baptist witnessed, "this is He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me'" (John 1:15). And as a view of the best to come, eternal life with Him and the Father.
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