We often wonder about the wedding at Cana. Why was this the first sign recorded by John? While the miracle of wine speaks to the grace, mercy, provision, and love of Messiah, the miracle points us to His Lordship.
Allow me to explain.
In John 1 we read, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made,” (Jn. 1:1-3).
All things were made through Him, and nothing was made apart from being made with Him. From the atom to the multiple billions of galaxies. So what sign can wine be?
“This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him,” (Jn. 2:11).
Manifested glory. The disciples witnessed, without word spoken or effort made, water turned into wine. They believed in Him. They put their trust in Him. It was not what the eyes had seen or ears had heard, but what the Word did.
This is the first of seven sign miracles: the healing of the officials son (Jn. 4:46-54), healing the paralytic (Jn. 5:1-15), feeding the 5,000 (Jn. 6:5-14), walking on water (Jn. 6:16-24), healing the blind man (Jn. 9:1-7), and raising Lazarus (Jn. 11:1-45).
Why begin with wine? Well, there are no certain answers given in Scripture. Water often represents life, and wine, joy; perhaps this indicates Him filling our lives with joy, which He certainly does. Yet, it is deeper.
The miracle, which resulted in faith, was an act of Yeshua/Jesus as the Word made flesh, Who was in the beginning with God, because He is God. This miracle is an act of His Lordship, and His power over creation.
Before John would record the other sign miracles, he records a rather strange moment that saved a groom from embarrassment, showing that the Sovereign Lord, Yeshua truly does care about those little moments that mean so much in our lives.
Everything in creation, from the most distant universe, to the wine at Cana, is under the control of Yeshua, “who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Heb. 1:3), amen.
Be well. Shalom.