On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.
What makes something a luxury item?
Price? Availability? Value?
You have heard of luxury cars costing hundreds of thousand of dollars.
But have you heard of luxury wines costing hundreds of thousand dollars?
Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon that costs $500,000 per bottle is the most expensive wine in the world.
Wow. Is luxury a bad thing? Is there anything wrong with being rich and extravagant?
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Creation is good because the Creator is a good, gracious, great, and glorious God who is the father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Apart from Jesus, instead of luxury, you get depravity.
Apart from Jesus, no matter how rich, how famous, how awesome you are, you get depravity.
Depraved means being corrupt. Corruption means change in quality or in state.
Since the days of Adam and Eve who wanted to be like God human beings were fundamentally changed from the inside. No one can tell if a glass of milk is spoiled or not until you drink it. Likewise, corruption of human hearts are revealed when they are given the freedom, privilege and power.
Total depravity is the description of people with respect to their hearts, minds, and bodies. Unless we understand this deep corruption or change of our state, we face the bad news that even the world acknowledges:
“There are two sources of unhappiness in life. One is not getting what you want; the other is getting it.”
George Bernard Shaw
It’s a “lose” “lose” situation. That’s what sin does.
You lose when you sin. You lose when you try not to sin. You are unhappy when you don’t get what you want and when you get what you want. You are unhappy because the material or visible things do not satisfy the invisible hunger and thirst. Also you are unhappy even as you try not to sin or not to pursue luxury because you grow bitter and angry at God.
“Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.”
You can replace the word power with luxury – “Luxury attracts the poor and corrupts the rich.”
Because of sin – your desire for power of being like God, you are corrupt in all your appetites, both physical and spiritual.
People are hungry for true riches, true fame, and true luxury.
Nothing in this world fills your heart or soul because everything in this world changes.
You want something that does not change.
Jesus creates luxury for you to see his glory.
The master of the feast says, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine, but you have kept the good wine until now.” Drinking good wine freely is what luxury at wedding party looks like then and now. Jesus creates luxury for the wedding party for them to see God’s glory in wedding, woman, water, and wine – all the elements of happiness, meaning and purpose of life: a sense of ecstasy, dignity, utility, and luxury. Can you imagine the cost of all the wine – 180 gallons of water turned into wine in today’s cost if the wine Jesus created from water tasted anything like Screaming Eagle?
The miracle Jesus performed not only saved the wedding feast in Cana but also showed the salvation of the ultimate, most luxurious wedding feast between God and his people that is to come. The purpose of this miracle or the sign is to show God’s people the correct picture of God – as the Father of lights, the giver of every good and perfect gift. The Father who saved the best for the last because there is no lack or want in his goodness, grace, and glory. The following description of the great wines shows the intent behind the humiliation, suffering and death of Jesus Christ who lived his life as the suffering servant who submitted to the will of his Father.
Great wines come from low-yielding vineyards planted in marginal climates on the poorest soils. Though hard on the vines, these tough conditions are good for the wine, because the vines that are stressed must work harder to produce fruit, which leads to fewer but more concentrated and flavorful grapes. By contrast, the vines used for bulk wines have it easy. They are planted in the fertile soils in ideal climates of regions such as California’s Central Valley. Such regions are great for producing tons of grapes to fill up the bulk fermentation tanks, but not at all great for producing the complex, intense flavors needed to make great wine, because the vines are not stressed and the yields are way too high.
Jesus creates luxury of forgiveness, love, and grace for you to rise again from your pains, sufferings, and anger to behold his glory in you as you believe in the removal of your shame and guilt, the goodness of the Father, and the power of the Holy Spirit who wills and works in you to bear much fruit.
Jesus becomes the vine that is planted in the poorest soil of this fallen and broken world infested with sin, shame, and thorns of injustice. Jesus rises again from the death defeating sin and Satan to give you a new identity and create in you empathy for others. Jesus offers the luxury of his righteousness from which you can freely drink and eat from so that you can be healed and help others to see the glory of God.
Do you belong to Jesus? Are you connected to the vine? Then take heart and do not be afraid of harsh conditions or all kinds of lack and want you find in yourself.
Are you stressed? Are you burdened? Are you finding it difficult to breathe?
Would you believe in Jesus?
The disciples who witnessed the miracle of water turned into wine believed in Jesus according to the gospel. Would you believe in Jesus who turns your agony into joy, apathy into empathy, futility into utility, and depravity into glory? What does believing in Jesus look like for you in your life? What does valuing Jesus look like?