The turning of the water into wine was the first of Jesus’ miracles and it had a profound effect on those that knew him. John 2:11 says that it was because of this miracle that his disciples, “believed on him.” To most it would have been seen as a demonstration of power and a revelation of Christ’s Messianic identity, but those disciples would later see a much more profound prophetic meaning to the miracle.
In John’s elderly years, I’m sure that he thought often, about the “good old days” with The Master. He probably played and replayed every miracle, every healing and every teaching of Jesus over and over in his mind. Can you imagine the longing in his soul to touch Jesus again; to lay his head on his chest and gaze into his loving eyes? Even in his sleep the memories would haunt him; rolling through his heart night after night. And when those sweet dreams began to evaporate with the light of early dawn his only consolation was the promise of His blessed Savior, “Lo, I am with you always…”
One day he was reflecting on the miracle at the wedding in Cana. It was the words of the ruler of the feast that impacted him:
“And when the manager tasted the water just now turned into wine, not knowing where it came from – though the servants who had drawn the water knew – he called the bridegroom and said unto him, Everyone else serves his best wine first and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves that which is not so good; but you have kept back the good wine until now.”
Could it be that the miracle of the water turned into “good wine” and saved for last was a type and shadow of a greater miracle and a better wine? John’s memory might have flashed to the last supper where he sat next to Jesus and heard mysterious words from sacred lips as Jesus held up another goblet of wine and said, “This is the NEW covenant in MY blood…”
Biblical covenants were blood covenants. The first one, made with Abraham, demanded the blood of sheep, goats, cattle and birds. Now, as the Old Covenant was culminating we see that after the blood of goats and rams had been shed, God had saved the best for last. In Cana water became wine, but in Jesus the Word became flesh.
In the same way that bride and groom in Cana had offered all they had to their guests, so man offered all he had to God and after all man’s offerings to God had fallen pathetically short, then God offered HIS best for us.
Jesus had gone to the wedding in Cana as a guest, but it was He that ended up being the host! We may invite Jesus to come into our lives, but we have nothing to offer him. He enters our bankrupt shanty and spreads a table for us. He serves us a banquet. He gives us His best; His own body and blood!
His blood was not only best…it was also LAST! His sacrifice was once for all. More on this TOMORROW
I was so excited to hear you speak of the revelation of the water into wine.
As our Lord’s first miracle, it was like a calling card saying, “That which was Spirit has now become flesh to dwell among you.” The Eternal Word which was from the beginning, which has been typed in water (the washing of the word) is now being poured out in flesh and blood, typed in wine.
Jn 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Keep listening, for His sheep do hear His voice, after all He came to live in us!
Thanks for your articles which are more important to the church of today.
May God bless you.
Thank you very much,
Rev, Josephat Sahani Kaboya,
Jerusalem Baptist Church,
Tabora – Tanzania (East Africa)
” The first shall be last and the Last shall be first!” I am so amazed at this HA HA I had received today. Jesus shed blood will forever be first in our lives as His followers. He has made a way for the last to be first in His Kingdom;by pouring out of the best of blood upon us…but first all the other coagulated blood had to be used before the living (forever flowing) blood could be given for the freedom of salvation … this is the demonstration I see in this first miracle of love. I Thank God for your insite and your faith in Christ Jesus. It gives me great honor to share thoughts with you.
This reminded me of Matthew 20:27-28 where Jesus says,
“27 – And whoever desires to be first among you must be your slave
28 – Just as the Son of Man came not to be waited on but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many [the price paid to set them free].”
What an inspiration you are to me! Such a preacher of God’s grace. My heart is burning every time when I read your inspiring spirit filled messages. I thank God that I can partake (as a partner of CFAN) in the grace upon your lives. Love you dearly.
Charmyn…thank you for your partnership in the Gospel. May Heaven’s richest blessings be yours.
Big simply big the revelation.God bless u and keep u in humility
Daniel thanks for the daily Bible reading. I enjoy reading about Jesus’s public ministry. May God continue to bless you and your family for the things you continue to do.
Thank you Debra!
The revelation I got from this is, Jesus came to wedding as a guest but ended up as the host. It gave me a lot of revelations. As we invite Jesus into our lives, when he comes; He needs to have His way in our lives. not as I wish but as He wills. Lord may your will be done in my life. Thank you Evang. Daniel
He spreads the table for us…he serves bread and wine; his own flesh and blood. What a Savior! Bless you Fredrick
Thanks you for this article. Food for thought.
Bless you Hilda!