On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 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  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.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. John 2:1-11

I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. Matthew 26:29

The wedding at Cana, and the miracle Jesus performs there, transpired at the beginning of Christ’s ministry. The Last Supper closed out Christ’s ministry. Christ began and ended his ministry with a feast, and wine was at the center. While the symbolism of the wedding at Cana isn’t explained the way that the Last Supper is, I believe that there is a significance to why that miracle was the first that Jesus performed. Jesus is the giver of joy, like wine, and our life in heaven with him forever will involve a permanent feast. Jesus also poured out his blood like wine in order that we might have life. This past weekend was Easter weekend – commemorating when Christ died for our sins and then rose again. And just as he rose again, we will one day rise. And we have his promise that we will have new wine with him in heaven. Jesus is the bringer of the eternal feast.

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