The Wedding at Cana – Why Did Jesus REALLY Make the Wine?

"On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. no wine. "And Jesus said to her," Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come. "His mother said to the servants," Do whatever he tells you. "(John 2: 1-5)

If we read from Genesis to Revelation, Scriptures begins with a wedding, ends with a wedding, and all through out The Bible The heaven is likened to a wedding; God's desired relationship and covenant with His people Israel in the Old Testament, and The Church included in the New Testament – it's always likened to a marriage covenant. We see books like Hosea, Ruth, and Song of Solomon really exemplifying this in the OT. In the New Testament, we read Jesus and Paul talking about the mystery of marriage being about Christ and us His Bride – the Church. Parables of Jesus' point to this as well (check out Matthew 22: 1-14 – the wedding feast, and Matthew 25: 1-13 the ten virgins, for further mediation on this). Revelation, the final book shows a multitudinous crowd rejoicing because it's time for the marriage supper, and the Bride has made herself ready – grown in litigation through this process of love, devotion, and obedience (see Rev 19: 6-8).

I'm convinced that the Song of Solomon is one of the most fascinating, diverse, and beautiful books of the entire Scripture canon, and this short book of eight chapters is relevant to all Christians, everywhere and in every generation. Whether you read it allegorically or not, it's a key that helps unlock much of the rest of the Word of God and the 'mysteries' contained therein only make sense through the lens of the Love of God.

When Jesus was at the wedding in Cana (John 2: 1-12) and they ran out of wine, His mother came to Him and addresses the issue. And Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come." (v. 4) For years, we have been taught and thought that it reflects to it not having been Jesus' time for public ministry. Others have taught this references to Jesus' work on the Cross that He is referring to in some kind of abstract kind of way. Both views and others like it are impossible.

Jesus stated that He only did what He saw his Father doing and whatever the Father does, the Son does (John 5:19). If it was not time for Jesus to have performed a miracle and He did it anyways, He would have been doing something outside the time and will of God. In that very moment, He would have sinned, but we know this was not so of the sinless lamb of God. No, Jesus knew no iniquity. Therefore, He could not have been referring to it not being the time for his public ministry.

What did He really mean? It was the Jewish custom for the groom's father to have worked out with the family of the bride the details relating to wedding arrangement, including the date of the actual ceremony. The Bridegroom would go to his father's house and build a place for himself and his bride to live, usually attached to his father's house. Remember, Jesus told His disciples – probably when their understanding had not yet been opened to the fact He was viewing them as His collective Bride: "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also . " (John 14: 3) The Bridegroom would not know when the day was, but sometimes after building the house, the father would then tell him "go, it's time." Jesus also told us about his return, "concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only." (Matt 24:36, Mark 13:32)

At that appointed time, the groom and his friends would leave his home and proceed to the home of the bride, where the marriage ceremony was conducted, often at night. Usually a servant was sent first some time ahead of the bridgeroom, to 'pave the way' and woke the bride and the virgins. Since the servant would not know which one was the bride, she would sleep in her wedding dress since the wedding ceremony would normally be at night, and she more than likely would be awakened from sleep for it. After this the entire wedding party returned to the groom's home for a celebratory feast. This engagement process could last any number of months, possibly a year or more if the bridal room was preparing their place in a far distance away to travel to, and return from. As mentioned, many of Jesus' parables or teachings regarding his return to the earth used wedding and marriage imagery that they would be familiar with.

Why does this really matter? It was also the Bridegroom's responsibility to prepare enough wine for the reception and celebration of His own wedding. When Jesus was stating that His time had not come and what did that have to do with Him, he was saying: " It is not time for me to prepare the wine of my own wedding yet." Jesus went ahead and did the miracle because it was the Father's timing for him at that moment to perform that miracle. Why? Because Jesus had to give just one more little glimpse that he is a lovesick Lover looking to prepare and present to Himself a pure and spotless Bride one in who HE makes pure by washing her with His Word!

Remember Jesus' disciples for a moment: these guys ran with Jesus, and at one point in Luke's Gospel after Christ's resurrection, it says He opened the Scriptures to them and open their eyes to understand, and they 'recognized Him'. (Ch. 24: 31-32) Of course you are gonna have a group of single guys, or gals, adults or married folks who in hearing they actually do not without understanding has been opened to who they are as His beloved. Of course they are going to be dull in hearing and totally misinterpret Scripture! We should not be surprised in any way at the reactions of the disciples had to some of the things Jesus told them and the crowds prior to this moment in their lives. Here the reason we need to be washed with the Word, and have our mind renewed (Rom 12: 1-2).

The reason this matters, is because it was and is all a part of The Plan. The Gospel is the ultimate love story. God loved you before the foundation of the world (Eph 1: 4). He did not wait to see how you'd turn out before He decided to love you. He, in the form of a man on the cross, died to make a way for you to be included in His Bride, while you were still dead in your sins (Col 2:13). Not only that, He made Himself vulnerable to your rejecting His gift of eternal life, and relationship with Him, before you even entered the earth. "But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved." (Eph 2: 4-5) Before you even had a chance to make a commitment to Him or to reject Him, and spend eternity separated from Him, He loved you and desired you. Before you even committed any sin that led to His sacrifice even being necessary. Ultimately, He died before His Bride Even knew about it and that that was the plan.

There's coming a time, a consummation of the ages, where The Wedding Feast will finally take place – and for the joy set before Him who endured the cross, despising its shame (Heb 12: 2), Christ who died that you may be able to know Him and spend eternity with him – will finally get to. It's up to you to decide if you want to have a part of that, since He's done His part and is waiting …

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Source by Steve Bremner

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