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Water, Wine, Marriage and Cholesterol August 10, 2009

I’m not normally one who looks for intricate meaning in every word in a verse or passage.  I guess my belief of divine inspiration of scripture is more of a “thought for thought” than a “word for word” approach.  However, I think there is a lot of “hidden” meaning in some passages.   I mean hidden only in the sense that we are so far removed from that time and culture that we miss much of what the original audience innately understood.
Anyway, I was just reading the second chapter of the gospel of John.  Some different things seemed to stand out to me this time. 

Isn’t it interesting that Jesus’ first miracle was at a party.  Jesus seemed to prefer party people to religious people.  This particular party was in celebration of a wedding.  Marriage, of course, is often used in scripture as an metaphor of the relationship between Jesus and His followers.  I’m sure it was no coincidence that this first glimpse of His glory was at a wedding.
What I thought about most, however, this read-through was the miracle itself; the turning of water into wine.

Consumption of alcohol has, for many years, been one religion’s most rallied-against acts.  Yet Jesus made wine.   Lots of it.
Today we know red wine is an antioxidant.  Antioxidants  prevent and repair damage done by free radicals.  Red wine can raise HDL cholesterol (the Good cholesterol) and prevent LDL cholesterol (the Bad cholesterol) from forming.

Now, here’s where I think it gets interesting.  The water Jesus used, the water in these large pots, was for ritual cleansing.  This means that Jesus took what the religious crowd used for cleaning the outside, and turned it into something that cleans us from the inside-out!  Is that cool, or what?!?!  His first miracle mirrored what his final earthly act would accomplish.  In Christ’s ministry, as at the Cana wedding, the best was saved for last.

— David Foreman


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