Eat, Drink, & be Married

Water into blood and then water into wine. There's so much that is explained between these 2 major events in the Old and New Testaments, respectively. In Exodus 7, the first of the 10 plagues was Moses turning the water into blood. Pharaoh refused to set the Israelites free and God was angry. This was just the beginning of His wrath. But then in the New Testament, we see Jesus turn water into wine at the marriage at Cana. Interestingly, this was the first miracle that Jesus performed, but what exactly is the significance?

Well, one must understand a few things. It was very important (and expected) that wine be served at a wedding. It was Jewish tradition. Everyone would feast and consume wine, with the host bringing out the cheaper wine after guests had already imbibed copious amounts of the good wine first. For the supply to run out would bring shame on the family of the groom. It was also a liability. So at this wedding, when the wine ran out, you can only imagine the panic that ensued. Mary came to her Son and informed Him that the vino was depleted. Jesus had the servants fill jars with water that became wine. Good wine. Great wine! The master of ceremonies tasted it, mentioning how they had kept the best up until that moment. Talk about saving the best for last. This makes me think of John 10:10 for some reason. "... my purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life" (NLT).

But why wine? Well wine signifies joy, which is what Christ embodies, along with faith, peace and rejoicing. So it makes sense that His first miracle would be turning water into wine. But not only that, the bigger picture is that we're no longer under the wrath of God. His anger was poured out on the cross, and Jesus bore it all for us. We now have joy and peace, a new chance at life because He paid it all. And because of this, we're to remain in an "out with the old and in with the new" mindset. Hence, you can't put new wine into old wineskins (Mark 2:22). The law is no longer, but grace, faith, and joy are in abundance. There's plenty of it. And we must rid ourselves of religious laws, rituals and notions to fully walk with Christ. We must realize that we are not under the wrath of an angry God. We don't have to work hard to earn the grace that was freely given to us. We are redeemed!

In the Old Covenant, we see God married to the nation of Israel. But in the New Covenant, Christ is married to the church, His bridegroom. We have reason to celebrate. Because God loves us that much. So much so that He gave His only son so that we can have life (John 3:16). All whom believe in Him are saved and righteous according to Him. I want to live the rest of my life under the "philosophy" provided in Ecclesiastes 3:13. We should eat and drink and the the fruits of our labor, for these are gifts from God. We have reason to celebrate. There's a wedding, haven't you heard? And good wine was produced. Great wine. Jesus died for you. He chose you. He loves you. You have reason to celebrate. So eat, drink, and be married.

New wine can't enter old wineskins...

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