Symbolic meaning of wedding at cana where jesus turned water into wine

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  1. Muzimbo

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    Hi guys, may I kindly explain the meaning of the miracle where Jesus turned water into wine. Certainly it was not coincidental and by it being Jesus' very first miracle it obviously had a (hidden) meaning. Matthew, Mark and Luke did not write about this miracle. Its only found in John 2 verse 1-11. However Matthew, Mark and Luke wrote about first parable which has the same meaning with the miracle of turning water into wine.

    First of all, every time God had a covenant with anyone, there would be a sign for that particular covenant.

    * Genesis 9 vs 12: Rainbow was the sign of covenant between God and Noah.
    * Genesis 17 vs 11: Circumcision was the sign of covenant between God and Abraham.
    * Exodus 31 vs 12: Sabbath was the sign of covenant between God and the Israelites (Jews).
    * Luke 22 vs 20: Wine represents the blood of Jesus, which is the sign of covenant between God and Christians.

    In John 3 vs 5 Jesus said unless one is baptised, he will not enter God's kingdom. So old covenant was based on the law (Sabbath was part of the law of Moses). The new covenant is based on the blood of Jesus which is represented by wine (Luke 22 vs 20).

    By Jesus turning water into wine he simply illustrated that water (baptism) would become the passage to wine (new covenant). That miracle meant that a new covenant which is better than the old one was coming and it was based on water (baptism).

    Old covenant (which was based on the law) and new covenant (based on the blood of Jesus) do not mix and mingle. Luke 5 vs 36-39 Jesus said you can not mix old wine skins (representing the law) with new wine (representing His blood). This parable carries the same meaning with the miracle of the wedding at Cana. Even at the wedding after the old wine had finished, Jesus said to His mother: "Woman why do you involve me into this, my time has not yet come" (John 2 verse 4). His time referred to the moment after his resurrection. People's sins were not forgiven when Jesus was born, but they were forgiven after he resurrected, and that's when the new covenant became effective.

    God knew that people would still want to follow the old covenant even if the new covenant was much better than the old. John 11 verse 10 and Luke 5 verse 39 even mentioned this.

    God even illustrated in Romans 7 verse 1-4 that once a widow married a new man, she leaves the laws of the dead husband and follows the laws of the new husband. Verse 4 then clearly states that we are no longer under the law through Jesus Christ.

    Some say this miracle was a way used by Jesus to prove that people should drink beer when rejoicing is totally not true.

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