The event of the Lord turning water into wine at a marriage feast in the town of Cana is found in John 2:1-11. Most are familiar with the story, how that after a while, all the wine had been drunk. Let’s read John 2:6-10, “And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.”

We often get so lost in the fact that the Lord turned water into an alcoholic beverage, that we overlook some precious lessons from this event. This is the first miracle that the Lord performed and it is significant.

In John 1:3 we see that the Lord Jesus is the creator of all things. That says, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” In John 2:7-9, we see the Lord exercising control over His creation.

In John 1:47-49, we see that the Lord Jesus is omniscient. That says, “Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.” In John 2:7-9, we see that the Lord Jesus is omnipotent. Christ did not need grapes or any fermentation process to furnish the best wine. He simply commanded and it was so.

John 1:17 tells us, “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” Moses’ first public miracle was in turning water into blood as we read in Exodus 7:19-20, “And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone. And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and ALL THE WATERS THAT WERE IN THE RIVER WERE TURNED TO BLOOD.” The first miracle that the Lord Jesus did was turning water into wine. Moses’ miracle is a type of the ministration of the “law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2). The Lord’s miracle is a type of joy and the ministration of grace which is unto life.

But, is the Lord turning water into wine an endorsement of the intake of alcohol? Certainly, the Lord would never do anything that He would condemn us for doing. We have dealt with the ‘alcohol issue’ several times and have stated several times that while the Lord allows for the USE of wine, He strictly condemns the ABUSE of wine. Many are against drinking any alcohol because of the impact they have experienced or witnessed. The Lord NEVER commands us to partake of any alcohol, but neither does He condemn its use in proper moderation. To read more about the proper use of wine, please click on this AFTB link: (317.2)