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This was the beginning of miracles which our Lord Jesus Christ did, “and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him” (v 11). Water was made wine by the power of Christ. Certainly this miracle was wondrous, but what the miracle manifested forth is the very glory of God. The glory of God is His sovereign, omnipotent grace in the Lord Jesus Christ. When Moses asked the LORD God to show him His glory, God said, “I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy” (Ex 33:19). How then does this miracle in Cana manifest forth God’s sovereign grace?
A MARRIAGE FEAST
It’s no coincidence that the beginning of miracles took place at a marriage feast. There are no accidents with God. Our Lord Jesus Christ did everything on purpose. Every step He took was in perfect fulfillment of the will of God. Our Savior began to manifest forth His glory at a marriage feast to teach us about God’s sovereign grace. Holy matrimony is symbolic of God’s grace. Paul makes it very clear – “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (Eph 5:30-32). Christ is one with God’s Church by a marriage of grace. The beginning of miracles took place before the world began in the covenant engagements of the Son of God. In that everlasting covenant of grace, God the Father gave His Son a bride, and God the Son received her with a solemn oath, for by so much was Jesus made the Surety of a better covenant (Heb 7:22). Grace began with the marriage vows of the Lord Jesus Christ for a chosen people, God’s elect (Eph 1:3-6).
SIX WATER POTS
Something vital must be supplied by the Savior for this marriage feast of free grace. We needed wine, and we have no wine (v 3). We have nothing whereby we can please and satisfy a holy God, the divine Governor of the feast. We needed the Lord Jesus Christ to make good gospel wine, so that we be accepted of God and rejoice in His presence. How did the Savior make that good gospel wine? There were six empty stone pots, and He said, “Fill the waterpots with water,” and they filled them to the brim (v 7).
Six is the number of man, for man was formed on the sixth day (Gen 1:26). God made Adam from the dust of the ground, “and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen 2:7). Man was filled with the Spirit of God in that original state, a living soul. But, through the fall, man became empty and void. The life of God in the soul was lost. Every child of Adam comes forth from the womb without God, without hope in the world, alienated from the life of God, through ignorance that is in them (Eph 4:18). For men to be saved, their empty souls must be filled with new life from God. God Himself must come down and fill man with spiritual life.
FILL THE WATERPOTS
The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, full of grace and truth (Jn 1:14). Christ is the Fountain of living waters! Fill the waterpots to the brim! Christ was filled with the fullness of God’s grace and truth. He has the Spirit of God without measure. In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and we are complete in Him (Col 2:9-10).
WATER MADE WINE
Here is the wondrous, inexplicable glory of God in the Lord Jesus Christ. God made Him sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor 5:21). The pure, holy, spotless Son of God was actually made sin for us. The innocent One was truly made guilty. He could not justly suffer the wrath of God in our place, except He really be made to personally bear the shame of our iniquities. He duly suffered to the full satisfaction of divine justice as our Surety and Substitute.
We dare not reduce the profound glory of this work by attempting to explain it. But there is warrant from the word of God to declare what took place. It has everything to do with that union of grace that God made (Eph 5:30-32). At Calvary, Christ our Savior was experimentally joined to the Church, His bride. He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree (1 Pt 2:24), because He became “one flesh” with His people. We are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. This is the marriage covenant that God has made in our flesh. We are circumcised without hands together with Christ. The blessed consequence of this mysterious work is the everlasting joy and peace of God’s saints with Christ. God’s elect have gospel wine to enjoy forever.
THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL
No man can rejoice in the love of God, in the forgiveness of sins, or in redemption by Christ, except he believe on the Son of God. Faith is vital to salvation. The Savior said, “You must be born again.” Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God (Jn 3). This is also pictured in our text.
First, there must be a need (v 3). Christ came to save sinners. Christ came to fill the empty with the fullness of His free grace. Are we thirsty for the Righteousness of God? Are we hungry for acceptance with God? (Isa 55:1-3).
Second, there must be a filling of the pots (v 7). Christ commands His servants to fill the empty pots with water, the water of His word (Eph 5:26). Sinners must hear a faithful gospel preacher (1 Cor 1:21). Faith comes by hearing. Take heed how you hear (Mark 4:24). Christ only fills the empty!
Third, there must be a miracle of grace, a wondrous work of divine power! God the Holy Spirit must make Christ ours! Faith is the gift of God (Eph 2:8-9). Christ must be glorified in us, and we in Him, giving us the joy of God’s salvation, that wine of gladness (Prov 31:6-7). He was made sin for us, that we be made the righteousness of God in Him. Is Christ yours by faith?