I recently had the opportunity to study what John calls the first of the signs through which (Jesus) revealed his glory, the changing of water into wine in Cana (Jn 2:1-11) with some very dear friends of mine. As I prepared for this study, I became obsessed with the fact that Jesus chose to use the six stone water jars that were used for ritual cleaning as the place to convert the water into wine. Obviously, there were empty wine jars available – they had been celebrating the marriage joyously and the wine allotment had run out. Why not just use them since that was their purpose? Why not ask the servants to fill them with water instead of the purification jars?
I believe that the answer can be found in Pastor Jonathan’s third installment of his “The Good Fight” sermon series when he said: “True victory comes when we let God define victory.” Jesus was not just showing us that He had absolute mastery and dominion over the physical substances of the water and the wine, He was setting the ground rules for how all our spiritual battles would be fought and won on His terms and for His glory. The water that these jars normally held was used for ritual cleansing and was man’s attempt at making himself good enough for God. That water was converted, by Jesus, into wine which biblically symbolizes His blood – the perfect cleansing agent. With the water that man used to imperfectly cleanse the outside of his body, Jesus produced the symbol of His perfect cleansing of man – inside and out. This was Jesus’ way of saying that we no longer need water rituals to purify ourselves because the wine of the new covenant is His blood, and it purifies once and for all time! The victory of all our fights has already been won at the cross of Calvary! As Pastor Jonathan said, it is the greatness of Jesus that precedes us in all our battles. Please remember that you already have victory in all the battles you face in your life, from the mundane daily fight to the life changing spiritual battle, if you have shared in the wine of the new covenant in His blood.