This is the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. John 2:11a
At the wedding that had run out of wine, Jesus tells the men to draw some water out and take it to the master of the feast. Again, it doesn’t make sense, but again, they do what He tells them. I picture the scene…the men holding their breath, all eyes are glued to the master as the ladle reaches his lips. They know it is only water in the jars. They filled them with their own hands. What will he say?
“You have kept the good wine until now,” he says. Exhale. Shame diverted. Not only wine but the BEST wine.
The first of His signs that manifested His glory is how John describes it. It might seem a strange way to begin the unfolding of who He is, but it is a beautiful picture of what Jesus is here for and what He will do.
The jars for ceremonial washing were continuously emptied and filled. Emptied and filled. Washing that is repeated over and over again. It is never complete. Jesus came to change that. Before the miracle, He told His mother it wasn’t His hour, but It won’t be long before it will be His hour. He will turn the constant re-cleansing into a one-time restoration. A cleansing not with water, but with His blood.
A problem we can’t solve on our own, Jesus comes to solve for us. The cleansing of sins we can’t accomplish on our own, no matter how many times we wash, Jesus came to take care of once and for all with His blood. But His bloodshed isn’t the end of it, on the third day, He will rise from the dead. Death will be defeated.
Water to wine. Old to new. Never enough to never again.
This, the first of His signs.
Questions: What are your thoughts on the significance of this first miracle? What other symbolism or foreshadowing do you see?