What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
In this story Jesus changes more than 120 gallons of water into wine for the guests at a wedding feast. And John tells us this was the first “sign” or miracle through which Jesus revealed his glory. But as readers today, we might find ourselves wondering why Jesus provided wine to drink.
After all, the Bible includes many warnings against drunkenness. And today we know very well the dangers of consuming too much alcohol. So why does Jesus seem to encourage drinking here? And what do gallons of wine have to do with being the Savior of God’s people?
The answer comes from the Old Testament picture of wine as a symbol of God’s blessing (Isaiah 25:6; Amos 9:13-15; Proverbs 3:9-10). Wine is often used to represent God’s abundant provisions for his people.
In this scene, Jesus has chosen to demonstrate the blessings of his coming kingdom by blessing a wedding celebration with this sign. The wine serves as a symbol of God’s provision in Jesus and of the generous love he will put on display.
Signs like this are meant to build up his followers’ faith and help them to trust in Jesus. How is God demonstrating his abundant love for you, in your life today? How has God been providing for you, as a sign that you belong to him?
Father, help me to trust and believe that I am loved by you, and to see the ways you have been providing for me in my life. Amen.
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