SUNDAY’S DIVINE SERVICE—The Wedding in Cana of Galilee
The first miracle that Jesus performed was turning water into wine. Many might think of this miracle as an insignificant event. Not so! John writes: "This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him." What did the disciples learn to believe about the Messiah from this "sign"? They learned that God had not abandoned the sinful human race, but had come to rescue it as the heavenly bridegroom who had come for His bride the church. Just as sin came into the world within the institution of marriage by the transgression of the first man, Adam, and thereby infected the entire human race, so God "manifested His glory" through the second Adam, Jesus, who would reverse the effects of the fall and save mankind, marriage, and family from destruction. God had not abandoned the people He created or the institutions of marriage and family, but has come to redeem them. He is now the true Man and the true Bridegroom. In His body the Church He creates an eternal family of love in the forgiveness of sins.