The First Miracle

The Bible is one of the most amazing gift we have from God. For thousands of years, millions and millions of people have read, studied and examined into it and yet, revelations are new every morning.

Whenever we come across for the first time a non-precedential event that was mentioned in the Bible, it usually has a far more important message behind than its superficial occurrence. These revelations often allow us a deeper understanding and appreciation of the subjects God has hidden for His children, a grand privilege and blessing. Well, the scholars called it the Law of the First Mentions, see here.

The First Miracle, Cheers!!

In our deeper search for what our God is like and about, we can always look to Jesus to understand better. Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! John 14:9  So when Jesus performed His first miracle, it is not only a simplistic kick-start to His earthly ministry but is an important “revelational preview” that sets the entire framework of His new eternal covenant that you and I are part of. Excited? Me too…

In John 2 where Jesus performed His very first recorded miracle, Jesus and His mother Mary were invited to a wedding; the disciples went with them too. Weddings in the Jewish culture were of great celebrations and were meant to last seven days. During the ceremony, vows would be exchanged; the union will be greatly and grandly celebrated. Prophetically, a wedding represents the Feast of the Tabernacles, in another words, the foretaste of the final feast of Christ as the Bridegroom and the Church as the Bride, see here.

In the account, the wedding in Cana Galilee was doomed to end early and abruptly because the wine had run out; a disgraceful and embarrassing fate awaited the young couple. So Mary told Jesus: “They have no wine.”  In response, “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” Jesus replied. Still Mary encouraged the servant to do whatever Jesus told them. After that, Jesus then asked the servants to bring water pots that were normally meant for religious purification ceremonies.

Once these large jars were filled up, He turned them into wine. The wedding host tasted the wine and deemed it better than the beginning course and the celebration advance to the next level.

The First Miracle

While we may not fully comprehend the reason behind Jesus’ reply, we can only guess He is referring to His ultimate purpose here on earth, which is a new “born again” covenantal order: “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood.  1 Cor 11:25   But we know that He performed the miracle nevertheless, the similarities between the two event does not seem coincidental.

The way how the miracle was performed is also critical. You see, Jesus used what had been previously used for religious rituals and in turn transformed it for a festive celebration. Jesus effectively turned the law of regular ritual washing into gracious celebrations because we all have been washed eternally clean by His blood once and for all. We have no need for washing anymore and instead to turn this privilege into celebratory praise. Jesus came and turned a supposingly doomed situation into an unexpected exception there at the wedding in Cana then; similarly it is also the same with our lives transformed now. This is the main picture that portrays what has come. Jesus performed this miracle because this very act was the beginning of the revelation of His glory, and so that His disciples would believe; and we would believe.

The First Miracle, The Smith-Smith Wedding Party Jump

Today, Jesus’ first miracle still lives on. We must not step back into law and rituals but go ahead beyond our religious mindset to get to the next level which is the celebration because of His blood that is signified by the wine poured out for us in victory. In Christ is a celebration; a celebration of who He is, what He did and what has been accomplished. This is not a religious act or tradition or ritual that has all the form but lacking the inner substance; but a genuine heart that is filled with gratitude that our Savior has turned our doomed fate into a grand wedding feast, to be filled with gladness and rejoice.

Cheers!

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  1. Great message. I loved how you gave a wonderful thought-

    but a genuine heart that is filled with gratitude that our Savior has turned our doomed fate into a grand wedding feast, to be filled with gladness and rejoice.

    Our doomed fate is now indeed the preparation for the grand wedding feast that awaits us soon.

    Thanks for the reminders!

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  2. King David says:

    Our wait was once of doomed fate of death, but now our wait is for the glorious arrival of our Bridegroom, and followed by the subsequent wedding feast. Even our wait now is filled with excitement and joyful anticipation.

    The new covenant is one of constant celebration, gladness and rejoicing.

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