Summary: Jesus is invited to a very important social event-a Wedding in Cana. While there, He preforms His first miracle, tuning water into wine. The best was saved to the Last-a type of the Church: "God saved the Best (Salvation) to the last Dispensation."
SOCIAL SAVIOUR STARTS SUPERIOR SYSTEM
I. THE SETTING: JOHN 2:1-2
II. THE SUPPLY: JOHN 2:3-10
III. THE SYMBOLISM: JOHN 2:11
Much has been said and written about the Wedding at Cana. It is surely one of the more popular events in the life of Christ. The events of these happenings reveal a great deal about Jesus as being One who was a social Person; One who was kind and tender to His mother: and, One who was a miracle worker. These things form only a partial list of Jesus attributes as He attended the wedding and as One who did His first miracle at a house of a friend or of an acquaintance.
Besides all of these good things one can say about Jesus and this most wonderful event, there are some other key items one can study which make this first miracle of His stand out as being something special.
As one studies this wedding episode and all the parts that comprise this event, one can begin to see that this wedding typifies something even more wonderful for all Christians. We are all invited to come to a wedding in the future. Every Christian will have the privilege of attending this most glorious event because we are summoned to attend. Unlike this event in the Scriptures, there will be no shortage of anything at that wedding when Christ takes His bride the Church and together we enjoy the seven-year feast with Him while the Tribulation unfolds here on this Earth.
This Wedding of Cana of Galilee also stands for something wherein we who are redeemed by His blood can rejoice about it even now. This wedding was a start for a nameless but a real couple. They began a new life together as every wedding signifies. This wedding was-like all other weddings-full of love and happiness and the prospect of leaving behind a former life of being alone and coming together to start a new life of union with the one whom one loves. This Wedding in Cana of Galilee typifies, for us Christians, a new start. We leave our old life of living just for us and come together to be united with Jesus. We have a union with Him that is based on love and together we start a new life with Jesus. One more thing I would like to add is that this wedding typifies the New Covenant, the New Testament. The Old Testament was fine, but God has saved the best for the last and we live in this new era called salvation. These are just some of the things, which invite our attention to this most glorious event.
I see three things regarding this wedding for my study today and they all relate to this happy time. The first thing I note is about the SETTING of this event. The second thing I see is in regard to the SUPPLIES of this event past and present. The last item, which I wish to explore, is in regards to some of the SYMBOLISMS that are present for our study and appreciation.
I. THE SETTING: The scene before us is a happy one. Two people were to be married, and as the custom of the day was, the wedding feast would last seven days. Following this, the groom would take his bride into the bridal room and consummate the marriage. The festivities would be over and the couple would start their time together as a married couple. During the week of activities, the groom would supply the necessary food and drink for all of the guests. This is the very point that did not happen in this wedding and as a result, it led to the first Miracle that Christ preformed as He began His ministry. There are three parts of this event which I would like to expound upon for our better understanding of Christ and who He was.
The first thing I note about Christ and this wedding is the fact that He was a Social Being. He did not live a hermit’s life and He did not shun the fact that He could go to a wedding and enjoy Himself. He seemed to fit in with everybody and the one who invited Him must have known that Jesus would like to be a part of some simple Social event of His day. In fact, a wedding was one of the high points of any social calendar of that day and the ones to be seen and to see usually attended such events willfully. Christ attended because He was a Social Person. Could not Christ attending this Social event foretell of the great Social time in the future at His Marriage Supper of the Lamb? When this event takes place, it will be the main Social event of the Christian’s life and we will all attend because we are a part of His bride.