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Jesus Turns Water into Wine
Three days after they arrived in Galilee, there was a marriage celebration in Cana, a city of Galilee. Jesus and His disciples and Jesus' mother were invited to the feast. It was here that Jesus performed the first miracle that was recorded in the Gospels.
Food was generously furnished by the groom, and the neighbors also brought their favorite dishes as gifts to the bridal couple. The male guests took turns in the order they were seated to have their servants go out and purchase wine115. When the wine ran low, Jesus' mother Mary said to Jesus, "They have no wine."
Jesus said, "Woman, it is not yet my turn."
When Jesus reached the age of 30, he was an adult and according to the law could now preach. Jesus was much more than an adult; He was the Son of the Living God. His father was not Joseph, but the Father God. Although Mary carried Jesus, she carried Him through the Holy Spirit which dwelt within her. This means that Jesus' mother was the Holy Spirit. See footnote 442 in Chapter 169, and Chapters 88, 171 and 172 to explain why this author believes that the Holy Spirit is the feminine aspect of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Even so, His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever He tells you to do."
Mary knew who Jesus was and that Jesus had authority over his mother Mary.
At another time in Matthew 12:46-50, Jesus was talking to the people and someone came in and told Jesus that His mother and brothers wanted to speak with Him. Jesus answered, "Who are my mother and my brothers?” Then He pointed to His disciples and said, “These are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
In saying that His time had not yet come, Jesus was referring to His blood as the new wine and the wedding feast [Chapter 143] in which Jesus is the bridegroom of all who accept Jesus as Savior. In John 3:29 John the Baptist referred to Jesus as the bridegroom. In Matthew 9:15 and 25: 1–6; in Mark 2:19–20 and Luke 5:34–35 Jesus referred to Himself as the bridegroom and that His disciples, when He is gone, will fast and that He would come back to marry His disciples, who He referred to as the virgins. Again, Revelation 18 talks about those who go to hell after the second coming and Verse 23 says that the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride will be heard no more, for your merchants were great men of the earth, and by their sorceries all nations were deceived. Revelation 19 and 20 describe those who perish and those who remain with Jesus.
There were six stone jars that would hold several gallons of water each, for the Jews to wash their hands in as purification before they ate.116
Six is the number of man (humans were created on the sixth day), and the number of sin. 666 is the number of the beast or the anti-Christ. So the Jews had to dip their hands in six jars of cleansing water to be purified.
Jesus told the servants to go to the well and fill the jars, so they filled them to the brim.
When the servants returned, Jesus told them, "Draw out some now and take it to the Master of Ceremonies. When the Master of Ceremonies tasted the water that had turned into wine, he said "Where did this come from?" The helpers who brought the water knew, but they said nothing.
Then the Master of Ceremonies called the bridegroom and said, "Every man brings the best wine at the beginning, and when they have drunk it, then they bring out the weak wine. But you saved the best wine until now."
In Matthew 26:27 – 28, Jesus took the cup of wine at the Last Supper, gave thanks and gave it to his disciples, saying,” Drink all of it; for this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” When you drink wine, think of the blood of Jesus that was shed to pay for your sins. That wine then becomes the best wine as your sins are forgiven.
This is the first miracle that Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee, showing His glory so that the disciples believed in Him. Then He went down to Capernaum with His mother, His brothers117 and His disciples. They remained in Capernaum for a few days.118
If you are ever at the Louvre in Paris, be sure to see The Wedding Feast of Cana by Paolo Caliari in 1562-3. This fascinating painting is changed from the poor town of Cana in Galilee to prosperous Venetian wealth with the artist himself playing the tenor viol in the foreground as a subconscious reminder that Jesus is still performing miracles today. The history and symbolism in the immense canvas (22.25 feet by 56.42 feet) covers the entire wall opposite Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and has an extensive history worth studying, such as Napoleon’s seizure of the painting from the monastery at San Giorgio Maggiore, cutting it in half and shipping it to the Louvre. As you study the picture, you will notice a blade hanging over Jesus’ head to symbolize the Lamb of God’s future sacrifice and the prophecy in Exodus 12:46 which is fulfilled in John 19:32-36 that none of His bones would be broken. The hourglass on the table indicates that Jesus’ time had not yet come. The Virgin Mary is holding an invisible glass as a sign of the Holy Grail.115. From George M. Lamsa, 1936, Gospel Light – An Indispensable Guide to the Teachings of Jesus and the Customs of His Time, Harper and Row, San Francisco.
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