Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 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 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.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. (John 2:6-11 ESV)
A key to this passage is found in the second to last sentence. This was the first of Jesus’ signs. In other words, this was not just an “ordinary” miracle. Jesus isn’t merely doing His friend or mother a favor by turning water into wine to entertain the wedding guests. This was a sign of who Jesus is and what He came to earth to accomplish. With that in mind, let’s take a brief but closer look at what this sign tells us.
First, we are told that they were stone water jars. What I am thinking is that these jars represent human beings. Notice that servants obey Jesus by filling the jars with water. Then the water becomes wine. I suggest that the servants’ obedience to Jesus played a critical role in this sign. If His mother or one of the disciples or you or I had commanded them to fill the jars with water, even if they did so, the result would have been jars filled with water. That’s it. But because they acted in obedience to Jesus, we see a sign of who He is.
Next, we are told that it was water that was used to fill these jars. Two short chapters later we find ourselves in the midst of a conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan woman beside a well, “. . .whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” (John 4:14-15 ESV) As the conversation continued, the woman at the well asked if Jesus might be the Christ, and says, Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” (John 4:26 ESV).
What can this water be that Jesus is speaking of but the Holy Spirit? Therefore, when we go back to the wedding scene, we can deduce that the servants’ obedience to Jesus by filling the jars with water represents believers’ obedience to Jesus by evangelizing and discipling people. Something new is created and it is something very good. And it all hinges on the divinity of Jesus Christ. Only God can transform the ordinary directly into something extraordinary. And, in His wisdom, He utilizes His servants (the Church) to accomplish this. As we obey Jesus by evangelizing and then discipling believers which includes much prayer and teaching and studying His Word, it is not us but the Holy Spirit that transforms them into something new and wonderful. They have born again. (See John Chapter 3.)
I look forward to your comments and suggestions concerning the above short examination of this important issue.
- Jesus, Signs and Wonders (christophercrandolph.wordpress.com)
- Jesus and The Wedding at Cana: The First Sign (christophercrandolph.wordpress.com)