Michael and I are a bit late to the game, but in any case we started watching The Chosen. Have you seen it yet? If not, I encourage you to check it out. We really enjoy our date nights with an hour or two of the show. The last episode we watched was the one based on the wedding at Cana from John chapter 2.
It was during the wedding celebration that Jesus performed His first public miracle of turning water into wine.
As I was watching the show, I couldn’t help but wonder what the symbolism, if any, was behind this miracle. Why did He choose water and why did He choose wine? Surely there was a deeper meaning to all of this than simply putting a smile on their faces. With Jesus, there usually was.
And so tonight, I picked up my Bible and turned to John chapter 2 where I read,
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. (John 2:6-7, NIV)
Pausing to think, I read it again, “the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing,” it said. Why didn’t they fill up the wine jugs with water? Or even the drinking pitchers for that matter? I think it wasn’t so much about “water” per se as it was about the type of water He used: the water of purification.
When Jesus turned water to wine, He was illustrating a point. That the old way of purification (which did nothing to cleanse the soul) would soon be replaced by a new and better method of purification by the shedding of blood, which is able to purify not only the body, but also the soul.
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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