It's a Wedding! (John 2:1-11)Errol Wagner, June 30, 2019
Part of the Jesus in John's Gospel series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Christ turned the water into wine. Why was this the first miracle? In what way did this miracle signify a new beginning in Christ? In the OT the water jars signified the rituals and ceremonies of the Old Testament [Old Covenant] and wine, and the wedding represented the blessings of the new age of salvation [the New Covenant]. Christ was teaching that in and through him, God frees us from the ceremonies and rituals of OT worship. In him we enjoy the blessings of the the New Covenant, its freedom and joy.
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John 2:1–11 (Listen)
2:1 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
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.” And they filled them up to the brim. 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 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.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.