September 29, 2020 – Tuesday
John 2:11 NIV
11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which He revealed His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.
In the prior verses we find Jesus performed His first miracle in the book of John. His first miracle was the first of the signs through which He revealed His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. His disciples had already accepted Him as the Messiah, but now in revealing His glory His disciples began to believe in Him as more than ‘just’ the Messiah.
What was the first of the signs or miracles that Jesus performed that had such an impact on His disciples? Turns out Jesus, along with His disciples and His mother were attending a wedding at Cana in Galilee. Also turns out the wedding had just run out of wine. That’s when the following occurred:
3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”
6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
8 Then He told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
How fascinating. His mother tries to involve Him, but He says no, it is not time for me to reveal myself (my paraphrase). Like many mothers she ignores His initial response and tells the servants Do whatever He tells you. Then, like a dutiful good son, He takes care of the problem and turns the water He has had the servants fetch into wine.
Then we have the exchange between the master of the banquet and the bridegroom. The exchange turns this ‘minor miracle’ into a parable of sorts where the master of the banquet, Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” What could saved the best till now or for last possibly mean? I believe it refers to Jesus Himself. We have the entire Old Testament which tells us of the glory of God, but it is in the New Testament that the best is presented to us – Jesus, the Messiah, God’s Son, our Lord and Savior. Here it would be useful to remember an old saying, “The Old Testament is the New Testament Concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament Revealed.” Indeed.
Here is a bit of Peter Petts commentary that concurs, The whole account illustrates to John that here is One Who will take the old ceremonies (the jars of purification) and replace them with a new and vibrant reality, the wine of the Kingly Rule of God. The water of the old religion will become the wine of the new, which will introduce a new and wonderful future, a time of joy and fruitfulness, a Messianic Feast of overflowing plenty. God has saved the best until last. The Messiah is seen as here at last to satisfy men’s deepest needs, and by His actions He reveals His glory as the provider of God’s richest blessing.
Then we have David Guzik writing, You have kept the good wine until now! There is a principle behind these words; the principle that for the people of God, the best is always yet to come. And then he quotes Spurgeon, “I can conceive you, brethren, in the very last moment of your life, or rather, in the first moment of your life, saying, ‘He has kept the best wine until now.’ When you begin to see him face toface, when you enter into the closest fellowship, with nothing to disturb or to distract you, then shall you say ‘The best wine is kept until now.’”
Wonderful things happen in this life from knowing Jesus and accepting His free Gift of Grace, but the best is truly yet to come!