The Wedding at Cana – pt2
These next few blogs on the Wedding at Cana are simply a glimpse into my thoughts as I read and study the Living Word of God. I am not trying to draw some strong theological position…I am simply thinking, out loud, on the things that are written.
Here’s my first thought:
1. Why a Wedding?
I found it interesting that the first miracle of Christ…the first revelation of His glory…would be at a wedding. Most of us have been to weddings…if you are like me, you are looking forward to a short and sweet ceremony followed by a reception with good food. This wedding was no exception.
The only difference here is that usually the bride and groom are the center of attention and perhaps the overly zealous relative…but certainly not the Jewish carpenter from Nazareth. And yet, through the prompting of His mother…Jesus takes center stage…and reveals His glory.
As I pondered this question of, “why a wedding”, it occurred to me that there was no more fitting place for Christ to reveal His glory. The reality is, that is what Christ came for. He came to redeem humanity…to make for Himself a Bride…to purchase her with His own blood.
A wedding is the most accurate imagery of our relationship with Christ. Two becoming ONE. It is a declaration of a new way of living…a new covenant…a new name…a new identity. That is why Christ came…to establish a new way of living…a new covenant…a new name for us…a new identity found in Him.
We are the Bride of Christ! Although, that specific terminology is not used in scripture it is surely implied. The imagery is so rich and descriptive. The Apostle Paul used this imagery as he discussed the role of love and marriage with the Ephesian church;
“22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30because we are members of his body. 31“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.33However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” (Eph. 5:22-33)
Too often, when we read this scripture, we are only reading it through an earthly marriage lens. But Paul is clear that he is referring to Christ (husband) and His church (Wife). With that in mind, take some time to reflect on your relationship with Christ today.
Does it look more like acquaintances, friends, or spouses?
Is it a relationship of Oneness?