That feeling when you jump into the pool or lake and you go deeper than you anticipated and you frantically begin to kick with all your might and reach with all your strength to make it to the top before your air runs out. That is the feeling I had tonight in the middle of our bible study. Having read and studied this passage several times before, the Holy Spirit took me deeper into the water than I anticipated and I could not seem to reach the top for air. I was very distracted within the group and could not pay attention or participate very much because four little words kept pulling me under.
“On the third day a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding as well. When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother told Him, “They don’t have any wine.”
“What has this concern of yours to do with Me, woman ?” Jesus asked. “My hour has not yet come.”
“Do whatever He tells you,” His mother told the servants.
Now six stone water jars had been set there for Jewish purification. Each contained 20 or 30 gallons.
“Fill the jars with water,” Jesus told them. So they filled them to the brim. Then He said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the chief servant.” And they did.
When the chief servant tasted the water (after it had become wine), he did not know where it came from —though the servants who had drawn the water knew. He called the groom and told him, “Everyone sets out the fine wine first, then, after people have drunk freely, the inferior. But you have kept the fine wine until now.”
Jesus performed this first sign in Cana of Galilee. He displayed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.
After this, He went down to Capernaum, together with His mother, His brothers, and His disciples, and they stayed there only a few days. “Jesus performed this first sing in Cana of Galilee. He displayed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.” John 2:1-12
Really? What? Why? I could not move past it. I couldn’t even clearly articulate the thoughts swimming around in my mind regarding why these words were sticking out. The question my heart was seeking and answer for finally came almost two hour later when I was at home and still wresting with out to put it into words…
Why did Jesus choose to display His glory through the sign of changing the water into wine?
Jesus could have chosen any number of signs and ways to display His glory, but He didn’t. He chose this sign. He chose to turn water into wine. Why? Have I been missing something all these years regarding the deeper significance of Jesus’ first miracle?
I began to search in my heart any other scripture passages that would give insight into this question. Had anyone else turned water into wine? Moses turned water into blood and yet the magicians did the same thing. It was brought up in the bible study that the turning of the water to blood was but a foreshadowing of Jesus turning the water into wine. I believe there is some truth in that statement and yet my soul still doesn’t feel satisfied. Is there anywhere else in scripture that gives insight into the significance of this sign of turning water into wine in order for Jesus to display His glory?
I will continue to press harder into studying God’s Word for an answer to my question, but I believe when we step into the Spring of Life sometimes we end up deeper than we anticipated or wanted just like when we jump into the pool or lake. In order to reach the top again, sometimes we just have to stop kicking and reaching and wait until we sink to the very bottom where our feet can touch. It is then we can give one last strong push to help us reach the top for air. I think the same principal applies sometimes to our own spiritual journey. When my soul is not satisfied and I am still underwater seeking His truth, I have to rest in His Word and eventually I will sink to the bottom. In His timing He will allow the Holy Spirit to give me the extra boost in my legs to bring me to the top. It is there I will have a greater appreciation for His Word and will be able to share it in away that will only be able to be shared through the spring of water flowing deep within my soul (John 7:38).