John 2:11 ¶ This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.
Jesus performed His first miracle at a wedding. This speaks volumes about The Lord; His value of marriage, His love for people, His willingness to provide in time of need; but it also serves as a living parable about the whole point of His ministry. Jesus came to fulfill the law and offer to man a new life. He came to offer us a new quality of life through His new and better covenant. When the wedding feast ran short of wine for the celebration, Jesus took action. He used the large barrels of water normally used for the rites of purification. He turned about 120 gallons of water into wine! This wine, of course, speaks of celebration. It speaks to us about the nature of the new life we have received in Christ. This new life is infused with joy. The very joy of The Lord invades our life as Christ comes into our lives. We are no longer caught up in the tedious activities of religious observation, we have been filled with the Holy Spirit. Our lifes are saturated with the new wine joy of The Lord. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this miracle and its relation to the law and the new and better covenant.
“It was done in water-pots: There were set there six water-pots of stone. For what use these water-pots were intended: for the legal purifications from ceremonial pollutions enjoined by the law of God, and many more by the tradition of the elders. The Jews eat not, except they wash often, and they used much water in their washing, for which reason here were six large water-pots provided. It was a saying among them,–He who uses much water in washing will gain much wealth in this world. To what use Christ put them, quite different from what they were intended for; to be the receptacles of the miraculous wine. Thus Christ came to bring in the grace of the gospel, which is as wine, that cheereth God and man (Judg. ix. 13), instead of the shadows of the law, which were as water, weak and beggarly elements. These were water-pots, that had never been used to have wine in them; and of stone, which is not apt to retain the scent of former liquors, if ever they had had wine in them. They contained two or three firkins apiece; two or three measures, baths, or ephahs; the quantity is uncertain, but very considerable.”
I think it is incredible that turning water into wine is the first miracle. It tells me the significance of Christ coining the phrase “new wine” when speaking of the life He came to bring. Even though many Christians shun away from the true implications of this miracle, the message of this miracle is like the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. People want to argue about the alcoholic content of this wine in the miracle missing the very essence of the miracle itself. He came to turn our water into wine, He came to make your boring, normal life into something supernatural. As we embrace Christ and bring our waterpots of formalism and symbolism to Him, He turns our water into wine. We are filled to the brim with the joy of The Lord.