The first miracle that Jesus performed was at a wedding- recorded in John 2 1-11.
Why does John choose to tell us this strange story? What was Jesus doing at a wedding, encouraging people to drink to excess?
The use of wine as an analogy of plenty, of blessing, of the fullness of life, is found everywhere in the Bible. Amos talks of wine running down the mountains in streams, as a sign of the restoration of the land of the Israelites.
It occurred to me, not for the first time, that although we can not command blessing – we can never presume that life is going to be full of plenty, or without challenge – we can still live in ways that become shallow imitations of the life of outrageous grace we see modeled by Jesus. We cease to be people of passion, and become instead bound by cynicism and small boundaries.
So, open up a bottle, raise a jar, uncork the fizzy stuff.
Symbolically speaking of course…
Three jars are waiting by
One of water, one of wine
The other one lies empty
Like Jesus at a wedding feast
These jars are waiting to release
The living waiting for us
The empty jar is hollow life
Like a married man without a wife
Like a cake that’s never eaten
The water jar will fill us up
Then leave us staring in the cup
Wanting something other
But rich red wine will satisfy
Blood will flow, the days will fly
Our passion consummated