Introduction ~ The Gospel of John contains numerous references to water. In fact over half (11 of 21) the chapters reference water. We are looking at these passages in this series.
Basic Scripture ~ “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.’
His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever He says to you, do it.’ Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece.
Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the waterpots with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, ‘Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.’ And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, ‘Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!’
This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him” (John 2:1-11).
Additional Scripture ~ This event is recorded again in the Gospel of John. “So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe’” (John 4:46-48).
Notes ~ 1. This was the first recorded public miracle performed by Jesus Christ.
2. Some scholars believe that this is related to Moses’ first public miracle—when he changed water into blood (Exodus 7:14-25). “For this One [Jesus Christ] has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses” (Hebrews 3:3a).
3. Since water is essential for life, some scholars believe this is a picture of Jesus being the source of life—symbolizing a new kind of life (spiritual rather than physical).
4. Others see this miracle as symbolizing of marriage being a new kind of life. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).
The Key Question ~ Do you possess the abundance of “living water” which is only available through Jesus Christ.
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