This summer I had the amazing honor and privilege to ordain the wedding of a couple from our West Campus whom I led the woman to Christ when she was in high school and played a little cupid with the couple at my last church in Columbus, OH. They both love Jesus and the wedding was a celebration of God’s covenantal love for us illustrated by the covenant they were making with each other. I’m reminded of this celebration as we read one of Jesus’ most famous miracles, the turning of water into wine. People read this passage and get confused about it. Why would Jesus perform what seems to be such a pointless miracle? Well, as we know, there’s nothing pointless concerning our God and His acts on this earth.
Jesus was first putting significance to the celebration of one of the greatest gifts His father has given His children, which is marriage. The representation of Jesus as the husband who sacrificially loves His bride after pursuing her; the representation of the church as the wife who submits to her husband as He brings her into that forever covenant to forever provide, protect and lead her. This beautiful picture of marriage represents the Gospel and there was good reason for it to be celebrated. Not only back then but today. This is not Jesus endorsing wine over water but putting priority in what they were celebrating in the first place. Let’s continue to celebrate good, Gospel-centered marriages and the relationships that lead to them. Let’s continue to make steps toward becoming the future or current husbands and wives God called us to be.
And know this, Jesus wasn’t just putting his party hat on and getting lit here. He was displaying His glory and showing everyone that he was more than just a mere human. That He had all of the power in the world to do such miraculous acts and as the book of John unfolds, He’ll continue to prove His majesty. It says in v. 11
“This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.”
Not only was this first (of many) miracles a sign of His manifested glory but it’s what God used for his disciples to believe in Him. Miracles by Jesus tend to do that. Whether it’s the healing of a blind man or continuing the celebration of a wedding by turning one liquid into another. Let’s take heed to God’s Word today and value marriages and miracles in Jesus’ name.
Share below in the comments some of the most God-glorifying and Gospel-centered wedding ceremonies that you have been a part of and how it was celebrated.
By: Erik Koliser