Inwater into wine the gospel of John, the Lord Jesus performed seven miracles.  On the surface, each miracle could be interpreted as a mighty work of God, recorded to confirm his awesome power.  Spiritual discernment, however, will reveal that the Lord Jesus was sending a message to those who believe that the kingdom of God came when the Lord Jesus Christ appeared.  Each miracle provides an important message describing an aspect of the kingdom of God.  What was the Lord Jesus telling us?  Over the next few days, we will examine these miracles recorded in the book of John to understand what each one tells us about the kingdom of God.  Today, we examine the miracle of turning water into wine:

John 2:1 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”  Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them,“Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it.When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.”

This act symbolizes the inauguration of the kingdom of God.  The water represents the God’s covenant with the nation of Israel.  The wine represents the New Covenant, or the spiritual kingdom.  It is not merely coincidence that the Lord Jesus performs this miracle at a wedding, which is how His return is described – a Bridegroom returning for His bride.   The governor of the wedding observes that at this wedding, the best wine was saved for later.  Normally, the best wine was used first.  Notice also that the governor, upon drinking the wine, perceived that the good wine was kept until later in the feast.  This is consistent with the conclusion of the parable of the laborers in the vineyard in Matthew 20:16″ So the last will be first, and the first last.”  We are now in the latter days when we are able to drink of the new wine if we have the faith of Abraham – the faith that what God promised he brought to pass in the form of Christ Jesus, whom God raised from the dead.