And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. John 2:1-2
As we reflect on this New Year, God had me reflect on the Wedding at Cana. At first glance of this story, it almost seems out of place. Why would Jesus and his disciples be wasting their time at a wedding? However when you study the powerful symbolism of this event, Jesus is foretelling many things including his atonement and Gods Kingdom
First thing notice Jewish weddings during this time period lasted a week. Notice on which day Jesus turned the water into Wine. The third day, the symbolic day of his resurrection!
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. John 2:4
Jesus reveals here that this is the beginning of his ministry. This will be the first miracle Christ performs. The interesting thing here is almost the entire gospel of John is related to the deity of Jesus, but here we see a human side. Mother Mary encouraging her Son
His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. John 2:5
Mary instructs the servants at the wedding to do whatever Jesus tells them. A foreshadow of his power and authority as Christ. A foreshadow of our role as Christians as servants of Christ
And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. John 2:6
Notice the six waterpots of stone used here by Jesus, these were not just any pots. These jars were made of stone designed specifically to keep the purity of the water used in ceremonies. The hidden meaning here is Jesus is transforming us from water into wine, and by his blood we are kept pure from sin
This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. John 2:11
So why did Jesus perform his first miracle at a wedding? The Bible tells us that when Christ returns it will be like a wedding feast. The Church (US) are called the bride of Christ and Jesus is the groom (Revelation 19 and 21)
Here at the Wedding of Cana, we see the transformation of ourselves from Water into Wine. We see the purification of us by his blood in the wine. We see this victory happening on the 3rd day of his resurrection. We see this happening at the Great Wedding Feast when Christ will return to receive his Church, Amen!