John 2: Water to Wine
At the wedding Jesus performs the first of many signs. The first sign, on the face of it seems odd. Jesus could have chosen any miracle, any sign, but he chose to transform water to wine.
Jesus chose a wedding. Jesus chose water. Jesus chose transformation.
Weddings are all about relationships, sacred relationships. Weddings, by their very nature are about transformation. When a man and a woman are married, they become one. They are no longer two but one. They are transformed.
And at this transformative feast Jesus transforms the water into wine.
That is also my experience of Jesus. When I asked Jesus to take my life, to use me, to forgive me and to save me, I was no longer the same man.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17
I have come to understand that transformation is very different from change. When Jesus came into my life, through the Holy Spirit He didn’t try and make me a better man by rounding the corners and improving my demeanor. That isn’t what happened at all! Jesus transformed me, the old me is gone. I am a new man with a new heart and a new appetite. He gave me a deep hunger for His Word, a deep need for prayer and a deep conviction of sin in my life. I am still a sinner but my transformed mind seeks His will, His way, His Kingdom, here, now.
I still remember the old man. I still remember how lost He was. I remember the mistakes he made and the hurt he caused. I remember his harsh words and his pride. I remember his appetite for destruction and his sadness. But I have experienced the miraculous transformation that is Jesus. I know with certainty that I have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light. This transformation was a personal, undeniable Truth, a sign so that I may believe.
So what is your water today? Have you been transformed?
The master of the feast tastes the ‘Water now become wine’ – I taste the sinner become saved, the lost become found, the proud become humble, the desperate become satisfied, the dirty become clean, the hopeless become joy-filled. I have seen the unworthy become honorable.
Jesus is available to us. Jesus loves us. Jesus longs to transform us.
My prayer today is that you will let Him transform you.
In Jesus name.