The following is an extract that I translate for you from Anthony Sweat's book "Christ in Every Hour", regarding the first miracle of Jesus, or "principle of miracles," as the apostle John calls it, consisting of the conversion of water into wine. - Juan Pablo Marichal.


In the first reading, the first recorded miracle of Jesus may seem a little trivial. At a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee, the Lord turned the dirty water into festive wine. Compared to his subsequent miracles that were deeply moving (clean leprosy, heal the blind, resuscitate a young woman from death), this miracle, which seemingly accomplished nothing but astonishing some servants and stoking a party even more, it seems almost inferior to him.

However, there He is, granting his mother's request to divinely provide wine at a party. Of all the miracles that Jesus could have done, why did he make this inconsequential request the first public exhibition of his power? Why not do something, frankly, more meaningfully? However, the more I reflect on the miracle of water for wine, the more I see it as the most appropriate "principle of miracles" (John 2: 11) from which Jesus could have taught us the ultimate purpose of his life, mission and divine power. .

It was customary in the Jewish tradition for a person to wash their hands before eating (see Mark 7: 3, Luke 11: 37-38), and what the law of Moses considered "unclean" (due to bleeding, leprosy or disease). ), everything that is touched without clean hands was also considered unclean: "And everyone to whom he touches [what the law of Moses considered impure] and does not wash his hands with water ... impure" (Leviticus 15: 11).

Therefore, observant Jews ceremoniously washed their hands before and after most activities, even before eating at a party or a wedding. The six large pots of water that, presumably, were at the door of the wedding at Cana, were there for the attendees to wash their hands "in the manner of the purification of the Jews" (John 2: 6). both physically and ritually clean. Needless to say, although the pots contained a lot of water, two or three pitchers each according to Juan (approximately from 100 to 150 gallons in total), after dozens of ceremonial hand washes, those were not recipients that one would want to drink, much less pour wine from the party.

However, Jesus chose those dirty pots filled with bacteria for this miracle, and he asked the servants to fill them to the brim. Using his divine power, he turned the water of those unclean vessels into the best wine of the night (see John 2: 10). And there lies the heavenly lesson: Jesus used the miracle of turning water into wine to send the deep message that He had the power to change the very nature of things: transform not only the state of liquids, but also the state of the lifes.

"Do not you see?" He could have said to the servants surprised later: "I can take dirty things and make them clean." I can take everyday items and make them exceptional. I can take things in my hands and change them. And if you come to me, I can do the same for you. I can take you and transform you from a natural person into a heavenly saint. That's why I'm here. That's what I have the power to do. " Now, tell me if that is not a great first miracle after all.

Originally posted 2018-02-01 17: 00: 29.

3 COMMENTS

  1. 6. Tinajuelas for ceremonial purifications.-In the house where the feast was held in Cana, there were in a specially reserved place six stone water jars, "according to the purification of the Jews." In Jewish households, receptacles with water were provided, in prescribed order, in order to facilitate the ceremonial purifications required by law. From these vats the water was taken as needed; they were reservoirs for water supply, not vessels that were used for the purification itself. James E Talmage

    • Thank you very much for your contribution. This is the kind of comment I would like all readers to contribute with! It is enriching and gives us more light, and you added a great source of documentation: the words of Elder Talmage. Thank you.

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