WHY WAS JESUS’ FIRST MIRACLE TURNING WATER TO WINE, DID HE WANT US ALL TO GET DRUNK?
You’ve heard the story of the first miracle; Jesus turns water into wine…right? Truthfully, I never really paid much attention to this story because I thought it was a great parlor trick, an understatement of Christ’s power. But today, I was listening to my Bible (faith comes by hearing, not necessarily reading) and as I heard this story play out in John 2, it became clear to me why this story is told.
First let’s take a look at the two elements described, the first is water. Water is considered pure; it sustains our existence in this world. Without water we will die! And it is the same with Christ; He is pure and without Him we will perish. John 3:16 comes to mind “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will never perish but have eternal life”. One sustains our physical life, while the other our eternal life.
So why turn what was pure into wine? Just so everyone can party? No, that was the circumstances where the miracle took place but not its purpose. It’s a representation of the crucifixion. Jesus said at the last supper in Matthew, Mark and Luke that the wine was His blood that would be shed to bring the New Covenant between God and His people. That New Covenant is Grace where we received the “gift” of righteousness.
You see, to me this story is no longer one of magic but a reminder that Jesus knew His purpose from the very beginning and everything He did was a demonstration of His love for us. Why else would He be willing to take our punishment to the cross? He was always thinking about you and me and the reason He came to walk with us.
That’s why we should celebrate just like they did at the wedding where Jesus performed this miracle because Jesus opened the door for us to be made right with God regardless of our shortcomings.
My prayer for you today is that you can celebrate, knowing that Jesus was always thinking about you and he knows your struggles and understands your pain. If we place our lives in His hands, He will bring us whatever we need from the Father, we only need to believe and we will receive. God Bless you today.