by Charles H. Spurgeon

The Waterpots at Cana
Charles H. Spurgeon

Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim (John 2:7).

You know the narrative. Jesus was at a wedding feast, and when the wine ran short, He provided for it right bountifully. I do not think that I would do any good if I were to enter upon the discussion as to what sort of wine our Lord Jesus made on this occasion. It was wine, and I am quite sure it was very good wine, for He would produce nothing but the best. Was it wine such as people understand by that word now? It was wine; but there are very few people in this country who ever see, much less drink, any of that beverage. That which goes under the name of wine is not true wine, but a fiery, brandied concoction of which I feel sure that Jesus would not have tasted a drop. The firewaters and blazing spirits of modern wine manufacturers are very different articles from the juice of the grape, mildly exhilarating, which was the usual wine of more sober centuries. As to the wine such as is commonly used in the East, a person must drink inordinately before he would become intoxicated with it. It would be possible, for there were cases in which people were intoxicated with wine; but, as a rule, intoxication was a rare vice in the Savior's times and in the preceding ages.

Had our great Exemplar lived under our present circumstances, surrounded by a sea of deadly drink which is ruining tens of thousands, I know how He would have acted. I am sure He would not have contributed by word or deed to the rivers of poisonous beverages in which bodies and souls are now being destroyed wholesale. The kind of wine which He made was such that, if there had been no stronger drink in the world, nobody might have thought it necessary to enter any protest against drinking it. It would have done nobody any hurt, be sure of that, or else Jesus our loving Savior would not have made it.

Some have raised a question about the great quantit ...

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