Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 5, 2019

“according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 2:1-11.

“On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.  When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus *said to Him, “They have no wine.”  And Jesus *said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us?  My hour has not yet come.”  His mother *said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”  Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each.  Jesus *said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.”  So they filled them up to the brim.  And He *said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.”  So they took it to him.  When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter *called the bridegroom, and *said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”  This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.”  John 2:1-11.

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Jesus manifested the lavishness of His grace.

It would have been good enough if Jesus made a little wine or just enough to meet the need.  But, Jesus made about 150 gallons of wine.

It would have been good enough if Jesus made wine that was similar quality to what was provided to the guests before.  But, Jesus made good wine, better that what was provided to the guests at the beginning of the wedding reception.

“…  My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, …”  Psalm 23:5-6.

“… according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  …”  Ephesians 1:7-8.

“The LORD of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain;

A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow,
And refined, aged wine.”  Isaiah 25:6.

Jesus also manifested the truth of the superiority of His grace over the Law.

The Law would hold the bridegroom accountable for not providing enough wine.

“Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God;”  Romans 3:19.

“However, the Law is not of faith;  on the contrary, “HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.”  Galatians 3:12.

“When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus *said to Him, “They have no wine.”  And Jesus made the following statement to show that the Law did not require Him to do anything:  “Woman, what does that have to do with us?  My hour has not yet come.”

But, Jesus’ mother had faith in Jesus.  “His mother *said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”  And, Jesus provided lavish grace.

“For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did:  sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”  Romans 8:3-4.

Moreover, Jesus could have used secular, earthly, customary containers of water like pitchers.  But, Jesus used six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification which represented the Law in order to manifest the truth of the superiority of His grace over the Law.  

“When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us;  and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.  When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.”  Colossians 2:13-15.

Thus, in this sense, Jesus used six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification which represented the Law in order to make a public display of them, showing His grace triumphed over the Law. 

“… mercy triumphs over judgment.”  James 2:13.


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