How would you do it?

Strategize with me a moment. If you were preparing to launch a whole new movement, one that would completely revolutionize how people perceived and lived life, how would you start? 

  1. Gather a group of top CEO’s for a special strategy meeting.
  2. Organize some kind of spectacular public event sure to draw attention.
  3. Launch a multi-media campaign using various social networking venues.
  4. Go hang out at a wedding.

Chances are, most of us would choose any or all of the first three; and yet Jesus chose to hang out at a wedding and perform His first miracle by turning water into wine (John 2:1-11). Why would Jesus start this way? 

In the Old Testament, weddings symbolized the time of the Messiah (Is 54:4-8, 62:4-5), when God will again marry His Bride, Israel. And wine was a symbol of joy (Judg. 9:13; Ps. 104:15). It was a central part of the messianic wedding banquet (Is 25:6). An abundance of wine also symbolizes the joy of the last days (Jeremiah 31:12, Amos 9:13-14).

Perhaps most significant is the type of jars Jesus used for this first miracle. They were ceremonial jars, those used for ritual cleansing of their hands before eating, studying the Law and so on. This practice was all part of keeping the Old Covenant that God had established through Moses.

Jesus is making a major statement by transforming ritual water into new wine – a symbol of the messianic age. The abundance of the kingdom now fills the containers once reserved for the obligations of the law, and the result is joyful and life-giving – just like a wedding feast.

Jesus came to fulfill the Old Covenant (Mt 5:17) and usher in the New Covenant. It was a significant shift from external cleansing to internal transformation. 

Jesus was making possible a whole new level of intimacy with the Father and that was worthy of celebrating; worthy of a wedding feast!

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4 responses to “How would you do it?

  1. jasonbyerly

    Great point, what a relief to pour out the water of ritual and obligations and receive the new wine of the Spirit.

  2. internet elias

    Beautiful. I love that Mary knew it was time for Jesus to begin his ministry…and that Jesus believed her. Why wouldn’t the vessel chosen to birth the Son od God…be given wisdom and knowledge?

    Joh 2:3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. 4Joh 2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. 5 Joh 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

    She knew. She KNEW. Love it.

    Again, good thoughts. Thanks.

    Carolyn

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