The Miracle of the Wine

There are two thoughts offered by biblical scholars on this verse.

1.     Why are you getting me involved?

2.     What have we in common?

I will once again suggest that you seek the Mind of God and His intent in having John record this answer. I will present what I have found in my research, but the ultimate answer will come from your personal studies. Jesus had nothing in common with His mother because He was God-man. She was a sinner like all those in contact with Jesus. Was Jesus telling her that she had no control or say-so as to what He would do? Was He saying that now that He was an adult man she no longer had authority over Him? You must ask these questions God in your prayers. I encourage you to respond to these questions. Jesus could only consent to His Heavenly Father’s authority. This is why He called her “Woman” instead of “Mother.” The questions I asked you cannot be found in this statement alone.

What did Jesus mean when He said “Mine hour is not yet come”? Jesus refers to “hour” seven times: Note John 7:30; 8:20; 12:23, 27; 16:32; 17:1. It refers to the hour of humiliation and suffering. Note John 17:1.

John 17:1 (KJV)
(1) “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:”

In this “hour”, Jesus submits to the Father. He will be delivered into the hands of sinners for the purpose that He came. Until this “hour” came, He was not submissive to humanity. He moved in the divine direction of the Father. He did so until His death. Such obedience is something that we should seek as we walk in obedience to the Father. We should be sure that we are walking in the Divine Schedule of the Father, and not according to our plans and pursuits. This response is respectful and filled with truth.

Mary’s Command to the Servants

The fact that Mary could command the servants reveals her authority during the wedding feast. She is submissive to the Lord. She has no mindset of being equal with Jesus Christ. She believed that Jesus could help with this matter. Mary stepped back submitting to the will of Jesus Christ. She asked for His help in the matter. When she handed the problem over to Jesus, the need was met. This is how we should deal with any problems or situations we face. We need to move out of the way, and allow Jesus to handle the matter. Everything will turn out all right if we humble ourselves before the Lord. This calls for complete obedience to the will of the Father.

The Miracle of the Wine

There are four things we need to study concerning this miracle:

1.     the containers

2.     the command

3.     the comment of the Governor


The Containers

John 2:6 (KJV)
(6) And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

These were stone waterpots. The question that comes to mind immediately is twofold: (1) how big are these waterpots; (2) What does it mean “after the manner of the purifying of the Jews?

These stone water pots were for washing or purification. They contained two or three firkins. One firkin was between eight to nine gallons. These six waterpots could hold around 100 to 160 gallons of water. Water was used to cleanse dirty, dusty, or muddy feet and hands before meals and between each course of the meals. “In every Moslem mosque, the worshiper, before his devotions, is expected to inhale water through his nostril into his throat and spit the water out of his mouth three times.” [Mattoon’s Treasures: Treasures from John Volume 1 – Chapter 9. The Day the Water Blushed – V. The Miracle of the Wine–2:6-11, p. 63] His hands and feet are washed three times in a wash room. [Ibid.]

The Command

John 2:7-8

Jesus told them to fill the waterpots with water. The servants were obedient not knowing what Jesus had in mind. Sometimes we are told to do something, and we have no idea what Jesus will do. They filled the waterpots to the brim. When they poured out the water, it became wine. It was the best wine the celebration had. This will be mentioned later when the Governor responds to the taste of the wine. The Lord used men to be a part of the miracle. He uses men to help in the performing of miracles. This means that we have a part in the miracle process. If we do our part, Jesus will do His part. Jesus does not promote laziness.

The fact that the servants filled the waterpots to the brim enabled them to be of further service in the future. They would be found useful in the continued ministry of Jesus Christ. Faithfulness and obedience to Christ lead to future opportunities. This further use in the ministry of the Church would lead to blessings in the future. Our faithfulness would lead to brimming blessings! It might also lead to greater responsibilities.

Lessons from this Topic

God cannot use you if your waterpots are empty.

God uses hard working individuals.

God uses those who know His word so they can be used to minister to others.

Fill your waterpot with the Word.

The wine was received by the governor of the feast. He was what you might call the “steward of the feast.” He organized, commanded the servants, and made the feast run smoothly. The fact that the miracle produced between 100 to 160 gallons of the best wine reveal the abundance of blessings of God. Note what Ephesians 3:20 says:

Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)
(20) Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

There is an encouraging word for today!

The governor called the bridegroom aside. He said that most times the best wine was served first. Once the attendees got drunk, the lesser wine was served. The governor said that the best wine was saved for the last portion of the feast. The governor said this not knowing where this “best wine” had come from. Anything that Jesus does in our life is not cheap (if I can use that word), but it would always be the best!

One more thing–Naturally fermented wine contains 9-18% alcohol. This kind of drink was referred to as strong drink. The wine we may purchase at the stores is strong drink. This kind of “strong drink” was mixed at least three parts water to one part wine. This would improve its qualities in the heat that was known in the Middle East. [Ibid.]

One Final Note: Some people use this miracle to declare that it is all right to drink wine. If this is true, then why not follow the rest of the Bible? If this is going to be done, then what about the warnings concerning “strong drink?”



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