“When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now."” John 2:9-10 ESV
Today’s reading is taken from what is universally accepted within Christianity to be Jesus’s first miracle, when He turned water into wine at the wedding in Cana.
Our key verse is taken from the ending of the story, where we read that once Jesus had performed the miracle, the master of the feast tastes the wine; to his amazement he realised that it was of a greater quality than the wine that was first served.
Whilst initially it may just seem that Jesus had only provided the feast with a better quality wine to ensure the bride and groom had a memorial evening, there is much more to this story. Allow me to identify 3 clear lessons we learn about Jesus from today’s reading:
Jesus is above social norms and expectations - By Jesus turning water into wine, Jesus demonstrates that He doesn’t need to conform to social norms and that He is willing and able to go against the status quo. As previously mentioned, the custom at the time was for the best wine to be brought out first and once the guests were drunk the cheap wine would shared as by that time no one would be able to tell the difference. Jesus's deliberate bucking of this trend shows how He is a saviour who is above all laws and social conventions
Jesus has the ability to take what is dull, boring, basic and make it full of joy, happiness and flavour - in the same way Jesus is able to turn something so plain and simple as water into wine, He is also able to transform us through the power of the Holy Spirit into blood washed, sanctified, Holy Ghost filled sons and daughters, commissioned for service in His Kingdom
What Jesus offers us is far greater than anything else we have experienced before - by stating that the bridegroom had left the good wine until last, the master of the feast despite not understanding at the time, was merely confirming that the wine that Jesus offers (his blood) is greater than any other form of sacrifice.
It is my prayer that this story will stand as a reminder to us that Jesus’s blood is indeed the good wine, the wine greater than any other, the wine that doesn’t conform to social norms, the wine that brings transformation and ultimately the wine that acts as a ransom for our sins and gives us eternal life.
So in closing, which wine are you going to drink? Will it be the wine that was served first? The wine that only leads to earthly satisfaction? OR in the words of Joe Junior, will you drink from the fountain filled with the blood drawn from Emmanuel's veins that causes us to lose ALL of our guilty stains.
The choice is yours. Jesus is indeed the good wine, taste and see how good He is.