21st March 2018

Water Into Wine

“This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.”
Luke 2:11 (NKJV)

The miracle recorded in John 2 is quite different to the other miracles recorded in Matthew, Mark and Luke—healing the sick, raising the dead, walking on water, and many others. John’s purpose for recording his Gospel was to help us believe that Jesus is the Son of God and in so doing, have Eternal Life through Him (John 20:30-31).

2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that all scripture was written for our instruction in righteousness, so let’s draw out some more lessons from this event:

1-Do what he says. Jesus seems to speak disrespectfully in verse 4, but his mother’s reaction does not confirm this, and we know that Jesus never did wrong or sinned. We need always to check culture and context, because although the Bible is written FOR us, it was not written TO us, and this passage was most likely an idiom (like being ‘over the moon’ with joy). In John 2:5, Jesus’ mother’s response was to tell the servants, whatever he tells you to do—DO IT! And so should we.

2-Jesus’ blood purifies us. Wine at the Last Supper was used as a type of the blood of Jesus and we could speculate that water into wine was quite an appropriate ‘beginning of miracles’ (John 2:11). What’s more, coming from purification water jars (Verse 6), we can draw the analogy that the blood, or sacrifice of Jesus giving his life for us, removes our sins and purifies us (Hebrews 9:14-15 & 1 Corinthians 6:11). I wonder if Jesus gave a wry little smile as he performed this particular miracle?

3-We are the bride of Christ. The occasion of this miracle, or sign, was a wedding feast. Jesus used a wedding in a number of his parables, and I suggest that weddings were significant because the Messiah came to usher in the ultimate wedding Feast of which he will be the bridegroom (Revelation 19:7), and the Church (Christians), the bride (Revelation 21:2 & 24).

John does not draw out these points, but as a result of this miracle, says it manifested Jesus’ glory and his disciples believed on him (John 2:11). We, too, can ponder this miracle, which like a ‘sign’post, points to Jesus the Messiah and our Saviour to eternal life.

Prayer
As we study the Bible, Lord, help us to see and learn from the lessons it contains.
Amen

Study by Nancy Silcox

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About the Author:
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK. Nancy prepares and uploads the Day by Day studies submitted by members of the Worldwide Church of God UK/Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

 

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