July Teaching Series

“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!”  John 2:10

Personal Reflection Question:

Jesus didn’t just miraculously make wine; He made the best wine.  What does that say about who Jesus was?  What does that say about what Jesus can do in us?

If you keep reading in verse 11 the scripture says that this was his first “miraculous sign”.  The use of the word sign is used specifically here and sheds light on the significance of Jesus’ first miracle.  The signs John is referring to are the miracles (see vv. 6–10; 4:47–50; 6:13; 9:1–7) that pointed directly to Jesus’ identity as Messiah and Son of God and lead unbelievers to faith.  So when Jesus turned water into wine he was, through a miracle, packing TONS of imagery, symbolism and meaning to convey who he really was: our Savior.  

In scripture wine (but never drunkenness) was a sign of joy and God’s blessing (Prov. 3:10Matt. 26:29).  And they had run out of it.  On a historical level, the running out of wine could have symbolized the spiritual drought of 1st century Judaism.  Approximately 300 years had passed since the last book of the Old Testament and while God never left, biblically it was considered a dry spell.  When Jesus made the wine he was declaring that something new was about to happen and God’s time to fulfill His covenant with His people had arrived.

But when Jesus changed the water into wine he was also demonstrating what He could do in you and me.  What he could do in us.  He was demonstrating His ability to take what was ordinary and make it extraordinary.  He was showing that when we place our faith in Him he changes our function.  No longer are we water filled jars made to accumulate the dirt of life, but vessels of God’s blessing pouring out the best he has to offer.

I started thinking about the qualities of a good wine and some of the best wines are the ones that have been properly aged.  And it made me think of God’s patience with us.  He waits, cares and provides for us even in the dark cellars of life.  It’s a patience full of love and full of desire for our best potential and he knows when the time is right even if we do not.  And that day in Cana He showed He can pour out the best from us in an instant.  

We can approach Jesus with a lifetime of  filth accumulated from our use and misuse from the world, friends, family and strangers and he sends us away full of the color, health, vibrancy and richness of His love.