One of the joys of pastoral ministry is the opportunity to perform weddings. Weddings are happy occasions that celebrate the loving commitment a groom makes to his bride and vice versa, each in the presence of God Almighty who instituted marriage between one man and one woman for one lifetime.
The fact that Jesus chose to perform His first miracle at a wedding celebration highlights the significance of marriage. Famously, Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. When I perform weddings, I always mention the wedding miracle and remind people of how wise it is to invite Jesus to a wedding. But is there more to the wedding miracle?
Old Testament Messianic prophecies like the one found in Amos 9:13 often use wine and vineyard imagery to describe the glorious day when the Anointed One arrives. They link to the miracle Jesus performed at a wedding in Cana of Galilee where, like a Messianic wine maker, He turned water into wine.
The wedding miracle was much more than just another event on Jesus’s social calendar. Fulfilling Messianic prophecy, it announced that the kingdom of God had arrived and was a foreshadowing of things to come. Jesus’s first miracle was also a creation miracle. It took Him just moments to create the best wine out of water, something that usually required a lengthy fermenting process. Is it possible that God created the earth with apparent age?
Jesus never did anything without intention and purpose. His miracles were signs that said, “The Messiah is here!” He came to this earth from heaven to do His Father’s will by going to the cross and paying the price for our redemption.