There’s something subtle and interesting about the Gospels. Jesus’ ministry has bookend miracles with some parallels. The ending miracles is more well known. It’s mentioned not only in the scriptures but also in Paul’s teaching of the scriptures as well. “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.”
(1 Cor 15:3-5) This third day miracle was done in the privacy of His disciples.
The opening third day miracle was a little more subtle, but again, done in the privacy of His disciples. “On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there….When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from.” (John 2:1,9a) At first glance, we may wonder why His ‘first miracle’ would be something like this. For the rest of His Gospel message, His miracles brought healing and even life itself. They were usually public or became public very quickly. They all served to demonstrate who Jesus was. But this first miracle just doesn’t fit the picture of the rest.
Why then would Jesus begin His ministry in such a way? One thought is to actually create a bookend to the eventual final miracle He would perform, His own resurrection. Again in private, again for His disciples. But at the time, at the moment, His disciples could not possibly benefit from such wisdom. It’s even doubtful that three years later, they would even reflect back to this simple wedding miracle. It’s a story that is not even mentioned in the other Gospel accounts. Why then is it significant?
Jesus was showing His disciples that the basic laws surrounding them… did not apply to Jesus… He was above them. He would continue to defy these laws in the future by raising people from the dead, calming a storm and walking on water. But this first glimpse was to show them, He was more than just a prophet. Yes, He had a wonderful message for them, but it was way beyond the words.
The one who brought the Law showed signs of wonder (and gave all credit to God). Every prophet since had delivered powerful messages of warning and/or hope from God. Now this man Jesus, was suddenly different. He was not here merely to deliver a message, He was here for so much more.
To claim that the man of Jesus was a prophet is to ignore so much of His well documented history. In fact the very reason the Jews sought to stone Him was for this claim, that He was not merely a prophet. “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) He was no prophet, He is the Lord Almighty Himself… in the flesh. The human form of the trinity. “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3)
There are plenty of stories about the man of Jesus, even out of the Bible. But the Book of John is about Jesus as a deity. This book demonstrates over and over the fact that Jesus is in fact a part of the God-Head Trinity. The stories between these bookends is what separates a faith in Jesus from any other faith on the planet.
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