When the chief steward tasted the water that had turned into wine (he didn’t know where it had come from, but the servants who had drawn the water knew), he called the bridegroom. ‘What people normally do’, he said, ‘is to serve the good wine first, and then the worse stuff when people have had plenty to drink. But you’ve kept the good wine till now!’
We are learning this is just like Jesus. He can transform any situation, any life. The transformation from water to wine is of course meant by John to signify the effect that Jesus can have, can still have today, on people’s lives. He came, as he says later, that we might have life in all its fullness.
The (devil’s) purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
This is who we worship today. The one who can take anything bad we are facing in life and somehow we are going to be fine, eventually. It’s all going to work out. We would do well to remember this the next time we get anxious, the next time we are ready to give up. The creator of the universe has a purpose for our lives. Rich and satisfying.
If you aren’t there, yet, don’t worry, just take Mary’s words seriously. You want a rich and satisfying life?
“Do whatever he tells you.”
I mean think about it. Since this is a wedding I will go with the example of champagne. Most people will start with a couple of bottles of Dom at the table, as in Dom Perignon, about $140 at Costco. Then when everyone is getting a little happy, you pull out the Andre, about 5 bucks a bottle.
I know, if you aren’t a champagne drinker, you might not be able to tell the difference between the two, but Bible people are wine connoisseurs. They know their wine.
Jesus could have smoothed things over with 900 bottles of Andre, but he can’t help but bring the best. After all, the one who creates the water in the first place can turn it into anything he wants. Jesus isn’t cheap, he’s extravagant with his blessing. Dom Perignon it is! But, probably the most expensive Dom, so now we are looking at 25 K a bottle! That’s what the most expensive Dom Perignon will wet you back. You have kept the best wine until last, all 25.5 million dollars worth of wedding wine.
Ah, thanks Jesus…
Why is math a handy tool to have when we think of the extravagance of Jesus? Hint: He created math, too!