Deeply ingrained in the history of Israel are the prophecies of a coming Messiah. Jacob – given the name Israel by God – prophesied this about One coming from Judah:
The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people. Binding his donkey to the vine, and his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, He washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes. GENESIS 49:10-11 NKJV
Here’s what the prophet Amos had to say about the coming of the Messiah:
On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down. Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine. AMOS 9:11 & 9:13 NKJV
Describing the changes Messiah’s kingdom will create, Isaiah prophesied this:
On this mountain the LORD of Hosts will prepare a banquet for all the peoples, a feast of aged wine, of choice meat, of finely aged wine. On this mountain He will swallow up the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; He will swallow up death forever. The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from every face and remove the disgrace of His people from the whole earth. Isaiah 25:6-8 Berean Study Bible
Jesus’ first miracle was performed at the wedding in Cana.
You find the story in JOHN 2:1-11. It was there, Jesus turned the water into wine.
Weird thing to do for His first miracle. But, it was very significant.
It announced the beginning of The Messianic kingdom!
Wine was prophesied as being abundant in Messiah’s kingdom because biblically it represents abundance, joy, and celebration.
What did the miracle at the wedding announce?
The Kingdom is here!
Jesus is the prophesied Messiah and is bringing us the kingdom.
Jesus is providing for His own.
The bridegroom was responsible for providing at the wedding feast. The Bridegroom of us all is providing everything we need for life and godliness.
Jesus is taking us from cleansing to a new creation.
John the Baptist preached a baptism in water for repentance. Jesus took the cleansing pots filled with water and turned the water into wine.
Jesus is the bringer of the Spirit.
When the Spirit fell on the day of Pentecost, the onlookers said that the believers were full of new wine.
Jesus is the bringer of the new wine – the releaser of the fruit and gifts of the Spirit.
Jesus is the prophesied Messiah! His kingdom is characterized by the creation of new wine! Come all who are thirsty! Enter into the joy of the Lord!