The Moment had finally arrived! Like a perfect bride with an angelic glow, the women of my dreams began the walk down the aisle gripped in the hands of her father. The pounding and fluttering of my heart was so hard that I was sure everyone could hear it. Any difficult times throughout our dating relationship all faded at the exhilaration of the wedding day. That moment will forever be etched in my memory for eternity.
In His earthly ministry Jesus performed His first miracle at a wedding. In 1 Jn. 2:1-10, we read the account of Jesus and His disciples at the wedding where His mother seemed to be helping to host. Like most wedding celebrations, I am sure they
When Jesus looks upon His children, He sees His beautiful bride soon coming down the aisle arrayed in splendor (tweet)
were enjoying the fellowship and festivities, when Mary comes and presents the dilemma of the shortage of wine to Jesus. As you can guess this would be a great embarrassment for the bridegroom. At this time Jesus had not done any miracles yet in His ministry, yet His mother knew He was the answer to this problem.
As the story proceeds in verse 7-9, Jesus turns the water into wine. As custom goes the first cup of new wine is taken to the Bridegroom for a taste test and the approval. We read the reply in John 2:10, “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!” NKJV
Not only was this an incredible miracle for those at the celebration but also Jesus’ ministry was established through this powerful miracle of turning the water into wine. Every time God moves in His power, it releases God’s best amongst those He loves. In this case it was the best wine that was being saved for the last, which was
Having our eyes open to Jesus as the Bridegroom God brings the understanding that He is madly in love with us! (tweet)
totally opposite of the norm. But, foremost this was a prophetic picture and revelation for the end of the age. Jesus begins His ministry at a wedding and then in Rev. 19:7-9, we read at the end of the age where it is concluded at the marriage supper of the Lamb.
One overlaying perspective of the Kingdom of God is seen in Jesus’ teaching ministry through the lens of a bride. The far-reaching message includes wholehearted
love, adoration of God’s splendor, unwavering commitment and devotion, as well as, the dynamics of a wedding, and co-laborer with Jesus. Once you see the bride in the Scripture, you find this glorious truth in many places.
Having our eyes open to Him as Bridegroom brings the truth that our identity is being the bride of Christ. Understanding the dynamics of this perspective will awaken who we are before Him. In other words God is madly in love with us! When He looks upon His children, the church, He sees His bride coming down the aisle beautifully arrayed in splendor.
So again, looking back at the wedding in Cana Jesus could have possibly been stirred and imagining His future wedding day at the end of the age with His bride, the body of Christ. Maybe, that was the context of His reply to His mother in John 2:4, “My hour has not yet come.”
As we grow in understanding of Christ as a loving and jealous bridegroom, let us also take the advice that Mary gave the servants at the wedding in Cana. Doing whatever Jesus says to do. Then and only then will we see the outpouring of the best wine and power in our lives!