What on earth was the Savior up to! Is it to get the guests drunk or what? Doesn’t wine intoxication and lead to sin? Well, I asked myself the same questions until I got understanding.
Christ was invited to witness a marriage where during the course of celebrations (FEASTINGS), the wine had run out. When Jesus was tasked to make wine available by his mother, he took advantage of the occasion to demonstrate his mission on earth.
If you are familiar with the old covenant of the bible, God had instructed the covenant people to keep feasts/celebrations in which blood of animals were shed as a seal of the covenant (marriage) between them and God. This is where Christ picks it up. He realizes that the old wine representing the blood of bulls has run out and hence, he should introduce the new wine that represents his blood. How does he do this?
There were six water pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews somewhere in the vicinity. Christ ordered the servants to fill all the six water pots to the brim. What is he doing this time? You may ask. Six represents humanity in biblical numerology, (the number 666 represents a man Revelation 13:18) and brim meant everyone. You see the blood of Christ was shed for every kindred, nation, tongue, and people.
Notice also that the event took place at a marriage. A marriage is a covenant were two people are made one. Hence, the blood of Christ came to make us one with GOD.
As a tradition during the covenant making celebrations, wine is served to the guests. Christ came to serve the blood of the new covenant. He said, “This is the blood of the new covenant which is shed for you”.
With this background, let us understand the events from John chapter 1 verse 1 through 10 in more detail.
In verse one the Holy Spirit reveals that it is on the third day when the marriage took place. The third day is of spiritual significance. It is on the third day when Abraham almost offered up Isaac a type of Christ on Mount Moriah.
“Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off... And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood”. (Genesis 22:4-9)
This same third day Christ demonstrates how his hour shall be. Instead of Isaac the ram (CHRIST) caught in the thicket (the CROSS) was offered up as a sacrifice.
Next we notice that there were witnesses called at this marriage covenant. You see beloved, when Christ suffered on the cross many witnessed it as it is said, “and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn”. (Zechariah 12:10)
The next observation is that we wanted wine; that is the blood of Christ. We were longing for it because the first wine (the blood of bulls) did not make us as joyful as we should be. Jesus said,”These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full”. (John 15:11) Beloved there is no complete joy until you have drunk his blood. For his blood is drink indeed. “For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed”. (John 6:55)
In verse 4 Christ introduces the Hour or time of His passion. “And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. (John 12:23) Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour””. (John 12:27)
Although this was the hour of Christ’s passion, for us it is the hour of joy and celebration. The next time you take the Holy Communion, please do not be gloomy because it is the hour to celebrate and proclaim our liberty and blessedness in Christ Jesus.
The next concept we see in verse 5 is the concept of servanthood. When we come to the table of the communion, we should come as servants and do whatsoever he has commanded. That is to love one another as he loved us.
“Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet”. (John 13:13-14)
Notice it was immediately after supper that Christ washed the feet of his disciples. The washing of one another’s feet here symbolizes receiving with whole heartedness one another into our homes and all that we have at our disposal. I will talk more about this when I discuss the events of the Eucharist in the New Testament Church.
Next in the passage are the six water pots of stone after the manner of the purifying of the Jews. These six water pots were not for drinking water. There were for washing defiled Jews who need cleansing from sin, for example the lepers. However, here are standing in the vicinity of Jesus six water pots. Six is the number of humanity. Hence, the number 666 is the number of the anti-Christ. Furthermore, in verse 7 Christ commands that the pots should be filled to the brim. Why brim you may ask? “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) is the answer. Brim means everyone. Christ shed his blood for everyone.
I will jump to verse 10. I will leave you with homework to figure out who the bridegroom is in verse 9, and who the governor is in verse 8. In verse 10 is the good wine. The blood of Christ is the good wine. It speaks better things than the first blood, Abel’s blood. (Hebrews 12:24)
The next time you set your eyes on wine, please remember that Christ shed his blood for your sanctification.
Matthew Chomba. Teaching you How to Prosper in all thigs and at all times.