My daughter was married to a nice young man this weekend. When it was all over and everyone left, I was alone to make sure everything was taken care of. It was then that I thought about the bible story of the wedding in Cana. Nearly everyone is familiar with this one – Jesus turned water into wine. But you know what, it’s not about the wine.
This story might be odd, considering my daughter’s wedding was alcohol free. Her choice. I’m sure the root of that decision came from our talks when she was quite young. I openly talked about the destructive nature of alcohol and how both sides of her genetic gene pool had lots of alcoholics. She chose to stay away from it and has looked at alcohol from a much different perspective than most others. That’s why she had a dry wedding.
Yet most people point to this one story with great enthusiasm. Why? Because they see it as an opportunity to justify their alcohol consumption. I get it. I was a big drinker (alcoholic) for a long time.
It’s Not About The Wine.
But the story isn’t about wine. It’s not a justification for intoxication (Ephesians 5:18). Some say it points to the significance of Mary in her ability to command Jesus. In fact, Catholics have perverted her role into one of utter blasphemous idolatry so that one cannot be saved without Mary interceding on our behalf.
It’s not about the wine, and it’s not about Mary.
What then, is the story about? Jesus. Plain and simple.
This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. John 2:11
It’s All About Him.
It’s not even about the miracle he performed. Jesus. It’s all about him. He came to earth, and this was the first of his signs to reveal who he was. Jesus was a walking miracle machine so that we might believe who he is.
Who is he? God. That we might praise and honor him and give him thanks, in other words, to worship him. Why? Because he is God. There is none other like him.
We’re so busy with our wine and idols and everything else in our lives and completely miss the point. We have a God in heaven that loves the world so much that he gave his only begotten Son as a sacrifice that we might be saved from our wickedness. Instead, we demonstrate our evil nature by saying Jesus sanctions drunkenness or idol worship.
It would make for a Broadway comedy if it wasn’t so utterly tragic. That God would give us any hope at all is beyond comprehension.
That’s crazy talk. I realize that, but it really isn’t when we start to get a grip on just how sinful we humans really are.