I’ve read this time and time again, but it never quite congealed for me. It’s amazing how the Word will open up to us at different times. I don’t want to be to dogmatic about this, but it seems to make sense…especially in the context of this celebration and the beginning time of Jesus ministry.
Read the following excerpt from John 2 and take note of the keywords in bold and see if they don’t set off some alarms for you.
John 2:6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water ( He is the living water).” And they filled them up to the brim (The vessels were filled until they could be filled no more). 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 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 (Jesus) 10 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.” (Compare the weakness of the Law and that it could not save…that which was to save would come later). 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
Words like water, bridegroom, wine, and purification tend to make me sit up straight and pay closer attention when I read.
You have a marriage ceremony in which Jesus is present, jars of water filled to their capacities…much like us being filled with His Spirit. The jars were for purification purposes…He was the promised One to purify us with his blood.
Then we have a bridegroom, of which Jesus is and we are his bride.
But the part that sealed the deal for me was v10, how “the GOOD WINE had been kept until know.” It reminds me of the unfurling of history in the OT and the bondage under the Law until the promised Messiah would come later.
When we celebrate the Lords Supper, we drink the wine which represents His blood.
I don’t wanna’ breath something into this that isn’t there, but man-o-man, that’s a tone of good stuff packed in there!