Jesus' first miracle was the changing of the water to wine at the wedding at Cana in John 2. There is so much significance in this first miracle. Verse 11 tells us that this miracle manifested Jesus' glory. It shows that Jesus is the sovereign Creator and ruler of the universe who is also the gracious provider of His people's needs. We will praise Him for that! Let's take a moment to zoom in on one other aspect of this passage -- that Jesus is our ultimate purifier.
1 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. 12 After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days. - John 2:1-12
In verses 6-9, John tells us that these six stone jars are not jars for drinking. They are jars for bathing. These jars were there for the Jewish purification ceremony. The Jewish person would wash with the water in these large jars in order to be made pure so that they could participate in worship or the festival that was taking place. Jesus chose to use those jars -- the jars for ceremonial purification. When the servants filled the jars, they found that Jesus had changed the water into wine.
We see may places where Jesus' blood is symbolized by wine, especially in the Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26-30). The same symbolism is made here, drawing a parallel to Jesus' atoning work on the cross. Jesus purifies believers from the penalty of their sin and the slavery to sin, making them clean and pure. This could only be done by the shedding of His blood.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. - 1 John 1:7
Jesus provides the ultimate purification from all sin, abrogating the need for this ancient purification ceremony. This is an example of just one of the laws that Jesus fulfilled with His life, death, burial, and resurrection. He provides for our need to be purified from our sins and reconciled to God. Have you received this purification? If you would repent of your sins and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, you will be saved (1 John 1:9, Romans 10:9-10). This salvation is not accomplished by anything we do, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9).
John writes later in Revelation 7:
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. - Revelation 7:13-14
As believers, we should constantly be in awe of God's grace. He chose us and made us pure because of Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf. Praise God! We have been washed by the blood of the Lamb.
Post by Peggy Starlng