Often when we read of Jesus turning the water to wine we discuss the issues of alcohol. Unfortunately, too many people ignore the rest of the Bible, or twist it to the point that those defending the truth are set on guard whenever the word wine is read. To be clear, I believe to get drunk or even buzzed is a sin, and that belief comes from Scripture. No excuses. But that is not what this post is about. For those people who try to force this text into being proof that they can get drunk, into a sacrifice for their religion of self, I hope you someday learn the truth of what Jesus did at the wedding in Cana.
Jesus had recently been “announced” to the world by John the baptist. Then He gained a few disciples and took them to Cana. And what is the first event Jesus takes these men to?
I don’t know what things were like back then, but I know that nowadays guys don’t usually go and hang out at weddings together. But even if that was normal back then, I still can’t help but wonder if this is a clue about our walk with Christ. The New Testament talks a lot about marriage. We’re even shown how marriage is a picture of Christ’s relationship with the Church. And Jesus chooses a marriage as the first public event to take His disciples to. At least it’s the first one that God chooses to inform us about.
Can we really go very far in our relationship with Christ without learning the truths of marriage, and how they relate to God? I don’t know. But I know that we have an opportunity for a deep relationship with Christ if we can understand how important marriage is to God.
The Creator of all things has placed much value on relationships. And through that truth we can see how God has placed much value upon people. Upon us. Mankind was a single man until God instituted marriage. God decided that it was the relationship that would bring about life, both through childbearing and through undivided love for another person.
And this may also be why Jesus decided to do His first miracle at a wedding. He wanted His disciples to know. He wanted the servants at the wedding to know. He wants all of us to know. Marriage is a beginning of life. God stepped into the world in a miraculous fashion to honor a wedding. And Jesus wasn’t going to start His ministry of discipling without a marriage. Marriage reveals much about the heart of God.
Jesus’ mother Mary was also at the wedding. This opened up a great opportunity for Jesus’ new disciples. From the beginning of their time with Christ, they were given an intimate glimpse into His humanity, seeing Him interact with the woman who birthed Him into this world. The woman who helped nuture Him, and raise Him up as a little boy. The woman who treasured up in her mother’s heart the deep truths about her Son, the Christ. Christ introduced His disciples to His mother at a wedding.
The disciples in Cana that day experienced all at once the humanity of Christ, the divine glory of Christ, and the heart of Christ. And they put their faith in Him.
It happened at a wedding.