The Gospel of John records a series of events in Jesus’ life that John calls signs. They are acts of healing and power that bear testimony to the fact that Jesus is the Word of God who became flesh to dwell among us and show us the glory of God (see John 1:1-18).
The first sign happens at a wedding party. Here are some observations from the scene:
- It’s a wedding party. This sets that tone that God’s vision for the world is one of joy, love, family, and just having a good time with each other.
- It took his mom to get things going. Jesus was reluctant to step into the lime light. Women are always equal, if not catalytic to the work of God in the Gospel stories. This hints that Jesus’ message is liberative for women in a patriarchal society.
- The lower class is privy to see and know. Only the servants knew what really happened. This hints that Jesus’ message is liberative for the lower classes who had no value in an aristocratic oligarchy.
- He overdid it. Did they really need that much wine? (can you really have too much wine?) Just when they thought they had nothing (a scarcity mentality) they had more than they could imagine (abundance). This hints that Jesus’ message is one of abundance (see John 10:10).
- It moved from ordinary to extra-ordinary. Water is necessary for life. Wine makes life enjoyable. Jesus turned water into wine. This hints that Jesus’ message is about transformation.