Water Into Wine

My thoughts on John 2:1-11

Vs.3 “The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, ‘They have no more wine'”

In the Old Testament, wine was used in drink offerings (Numbers 15:5) Just as drink offerings were poured out on the altar for atonement, the blood of Jesus was spilt to win ours. Wine represents the atoning blood of Jesus.

Vs.4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come”.

Jesus was seeing things from a much different perspective. The fact that there was no more wine at the wedding celebration reflects the truth that there was no more sacrifice of animals that would atone for their sins. He knew from the very beginning of His ministry that He would be the sacrifice that saved the world from their sins. Mary wasn’t telling Jesus to perform a miracle in verse 3. She was simply stating the problem to Jesus. Jesus was thinking about everything that was going to occur over the next three years. The problem wasn’t that the people didn’t have wine, it was that the people needed a sacrifice for their sins! Jesus understood that His time had “not yet come” to suffer on the cross for the sins of the world.

Vs.6-7 “Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. 

The stone jars used for ceremonial cleansing would no longer prove effective in the New Covenant. People wouldn’t be cleansed through rituals, but by the blood of Jesus!

Vs. 7-10 “Jesus told the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ When the jars had been filled, he said, ‘Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.’ So the servants followed his instructions.When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. ‘A host always serves the best wine first,’ he said. ‘Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!'”

The miracle of turning water into wine represents the transition between the Old Covenant into the New Covenant. The blood that Jesus shed saved us from the curse of the Law! Jesus’ first miracle was a prophetic picture of how He would suffer for His own creation.The master of ceremonies could have possibly been a religious leader who loved “to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues” (Matthew 23:6) The taste of this new wine proved to be greater than the old. There would no longer be any “less expensive” wine. Jesus paid the highest price by suffering a brutal death on the cross. The blood Jesus shed proves His sovereign power over the sin of the world. In this New Covenant, we are not bound by the Law of sin and death. Because Jesus defeated the sin of the world, we no longer have to live as slaves. In this New Covenant, we are led by the Holy Spirit and empowered by God’s grace to overcome what hinders us. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all our sins and washes us whiter than snow!

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