In the Gospel of John it is recorded that Jesus and his family were guest at a wedding in Cana. Jewish weddings in biblical times would be celebrations that would last for days, sometimes weeks. It just so happened on the third day the host of this wedding ran out of wine, which is a big no-no. The host of this wedding is going to be humiliated, the bride and groom will live with this shame their entire lives. In a culture where hospitality rules running out of wine at a wedding is a great insults to the guest.
Well, Jesus comes to the rescue and has the servants take six stone jars and fill them with water. Then, after filling the jars with water Jesus instructs the servants to dip some water out and take it to the host for him to drink. But before the host could take a drink the water had been turned into wine. Wow! It’s a miracle! The host comments on the quality of the new wine saying, “You have saved the best until now!” The question is why did Jesus turn the water into wine?
Maybe he turned the water into wine to save the host and wedding party the embarrassment of running out of wine. That would certain fit the narrative and character of Jesus. But there is something much deeper Jesus is communicating to us. The key in understanding this miracle is to understand the high regard wine had with the Jewish people. Wine throughout the Old Testament was a sign of God’s grace and His abundance. Wine was a sign of human joy and celebration. It was also a sign of new beginnings.
The miracle of turning the water into wine communicates:
Jesus came to turn our sins into righteousness.
Jesus came to turn our sorrows into joy.
Jesus came to restore the natural order of all things rightly.
Jesus came to give us a new beginning where the old is gone and the new has come.
Jesus did more than demonstrate His power as the God-man that day. He revealed the Father’s heart and intentions toward us - “A God that didn’t come to condemn us, but to save us.” John 3:17. A God who has prepared a place for us that is greater than any eye has seen, more perfect than anyone can imagine; a place where there is no more sin or sorrow. John 14: 1-4, 1 Corinthians 2:9, & Revelation 21:4.