Can you imagine the laughter back in the kitchen? When Jesus turned water into wine the only people who were in on the secret were the servants. They knew because they had taken the foot-washing pots and filled them up with water, as instructed.
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 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.” (John 2:9-10)
How they must have laughed. But it is worth noting that the only people who got to experience the power of Jesus were the ones who humbly worked with Him, doing what He said to do. The others got to taste the wine, but they missed the good stuff.
Why did Jesus turn water into wine? There was deep symbolism in what He did. Can you see it? First read it:
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 (John 2:6—9)
OK – to figure this out, answer these questions:
1. What were the water jars used for?
2. Do religious rites of purification, the ceremony of washing really purify a person?
3. When you wash with soap and water, is that done on the outside or the inside? (I know, dumb question, but it will make sense when you read the next one…)
4. Is wine taken inside or used outside a person’s body?
5. When used properly, what is the effect of wine? Is it the outward appearance of cleanliness or the inward experience of joy?
Jesus met a real need; the wine had run out and He supplied more. But He also gave a big, symbolic hint about what He had come to do.