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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wedding at Cana - New Wine -- Part 3

According to ancient Jewish writings, Adam awoke from his deep sleep on the 7th day – the day of God's rest. The Godhead had shaped and formed a new creation for Adam – Woman. Jesus, the Second and Last Adam, is shaping and forming His Bride during the age of grace. God joined Adam and the Woman together as one in holy matrimony on that day. All was still pure, complete and perfect. There was no sin. Adam then said of the woman, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman because she was taken out of man.” Genesis 2:23. In other words, they were united bone to bone and flesh to flesh because she was a very part of Adam. They were also united Spirit to Spirit because all was holy and spiritual. I have a sign in my living room that says, “All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” This holy, perfect Woman was a very part of Adam/Man. They were one being with the Father in His eyes. Christ's Bride is also a very part of Him. She is in Him and united with Him in Spirit and in Truth.

There was a wedding on the 7th day of creation just as there will be a wedding between Jesus and His Bride on the 7th day – the Day of the Lord – when all who love Jesus will be united with Him for all eternity in rest, love and peace. As the Woman was a anew creation formed out of the rib of Adam, the Bride of Christ is a new creation formed out of the water and blood that flowed from the wound in Jesus' side. It is the blood of salvation and the water of the Word anointed by the Holy Spirit that will reshape and reform us into the image and likeness of Jesus. The wedding of Jesus and His Bride will take place when all things are restored to holiness and perfection in Christ as it was before the first Man and Woman sinned against God. At the wedding feast of the Lamb, there will be no end to the joy and celebration.

The wedding at Cana was the beginning of Jesus' earthly ministry to begin shaping and forming this new creation in the hearts and minds of those who love and follow Him, and to restore the grace lost by the first Adam and Woman. It will be at the wedding of the Lamb that Jesus and His Bride will drink the wedding cup of wine sealing the union of Christ and His Bride for all eternity.

Mary, the earthly mother of Jesus

When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to Him, “They have no more wine.” Jesus replied, “Dear woman, why do you involve me? My hour has not yet come.” John 2:3-4

Mary is to be every follower of Christ – His Bride. Mary was chosen, faithful and obedient to the Word of God. At God's Word through Gabriel, Mary carried the Word/Jesus in her flesh body until His Body was fully shaped and formed within her and then eventually birthed into the world. Every follower of Christ is to also carry Jesus in their flesh body and allow Him to be shaped and formed within us until He is birthed through us to others. We are the Body of Christ who carry the Word and the Holy Spirit within us. We are to have the family resemblance of Jesus by reflecting Him in our actions, words and deeds. Mary said “yes” to receiving the Word in her flesh and eventually birthing Jesus. She was submitted to God and His Word. We too have to say “yes” to allowing Jesus --the Word -- to come into our flesh body so He can be shaped and formed in us and eventually birthed into the world that is in darkness and sin. Mary obeyed the Word of God by faith as followers of Christ are to obey the Word by faith.

Jesus called Mary “Woman.” Jesus never called His mother by her earthly name in the gospels. He called her Woman – the title of honor and respect. Woman is an honorable title meaning queen or bride. The original Woman in Genesis was the queen (Bride) of a ruler/king Adam. When the Godhead shaped and formed a holy bride for the first Adam, Adam called her Woman. As Woman, she was Adam's bride without spot or blemish – holy and perfect because she was without sin. She radiated the light and glory of holy God and her holy husband, just as the Bride of Christ is to radiate the light and glory of God and Her Husband Jesus.

Jesus called His earthly mother “Woman” because she is the fulfillment of God's prophecy to the serpent that the woman's seed will defeat the devil. (see Genesis 3: 14-15) Mary is the Woman, and Jesus is the Seed. The first Woman was disobedient. Mary was obedient. The original sin was committed by a virgin woman; therefore, sin had to be removed through the “Seed” of a virgin Woman.

In her womb, Mary also carried the Holy Spirit in her flesh through Jesus. He was full of the Holy Spirit in her womb just as the Bride of Christ can only receive the Holy Spirit through Jesus and is to carry the Word/Jesus and the Holy Spirit in her fleshly heart and body.

Jesus also called Mary “woman” from the cross in John 19:26. When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son,” and to the disciple, “Behold, your mother,.” In other words, Mary and John are spiritual members of His spiritual family now. Jesus is about to die on the cross, be resurrected and ascend to the Father. Mary's role as Jesus' earthly mother is coming to an end. She will now have a spiritual relationship with Him. Note that Jesus called Mary “woman” at the beginning of His earthly ministry and at the end.

Jesus used the title “Woman” a total of five times in the Gospel of John. Five is the number of grace. In John 4:21, He called the Samaritan woman at the well “woman” when He told her that a time was coming when there won't be worship in a temple on Mount Gerizim or in Jerusalem but worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth. The Bride of Christ is the one who will worship in Spirit and in Truth all over the world, not just in Israel.

Jesus also called the woman caught in adultery “woman” when He asked her where her accusers were. There is no condemnation in Christ for His Bride. Even though this woman was a sinner, when she came to Jesus she was no longer condemned.

Again in John 20:15, Jesus called Mary Magdalene “woman” when she was weeping because Jesus' body was no where to be found. This happened after Jesus' resurrection. Even the two angels in white called her “woman.” Mary didn't know where to find Jesus. Jesus found Mary. He came to her and revealed Himself in His resurrected body. Jesus reveals Himself to His Bride in His resurrection power.

Jesus used the title “Woman” when talking to His Bride just as the first Adam called His bride “Woman” when she was holy, righteous and good. Christ's Bride is made holy, righteous and good through the blood of Jesus. Keep in mind that Christ's Bride will be made up of both males and females.

To continue to show the consistency of scripture, there is a “Woman” spoken of in Revelation 12 that was a sign in heaven. This Woman was clothed with the sun (light of the day – Jesus) and had the moon (light of the darkness – Satan) under her feet. She wore a crown of twelve stars (number of Divine Government) on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain because she was about to give birth to a Son. In time, her Son was snatched up to God and His throne. This was Jesus' resurrection and ascension back to the Father. The body of Jesus was birthed through a Jewish woman. The spiritual Body of Christ is being birthed on earth through His spiritual Bride. The Woman in Revelation speaks of Mary who birthed the Incarnate Word –Jesus -- in the flesh. It also speaks of the Bride of Christ made up of males and females, Jews and gentiles, who have the light of darkness (Satan) under their feet and are protected by the Godhead. This Woman in Revelation was protected and cared for by God as the dragon (Satan) tried to destroy her offspring. The Woman's offspring are “those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” v17

As Mary obeyed Jesus by faith, the Bride of Christ is to obey Jesus by faith and hold to the testimony of Jesus. The Bride of Christ is to have Satan under her feet.

No Wine

Mary must have been involved in the preparation and carrying out of this wedding celebration because she realizes that in the middle of this wedding, the wine has run out. She goes to Jesus with the problem. No doubt Mary wanted to save her family from the humiliation that running out of wine would cause them. Mary knew that her Son could do something about it because Gabriel had told her who her Son was before He was born. Mary watched Jesus grow in wisdom and stature. She had even heard prophesies about Him, so she knew that Jesus could do something about her cares. She is acting as intercessor. Mary didn't have the solution but she knew Jesus did. Mary's intentions were good.

Jesus responds to Mary with a puzzling remark. Why do you involve Me? My hour has not yet come.”

Jesus is now the age of maturity (30) when a son in the Older Testament could serve God.  (Numbers 4:3)  As we know, Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets perfectly and completely, so He had to wait until He was 30 years of age to fulfill this portion of the Law. Although He honored and respected His earthly mother and adopted father early in His life in obedience to the ten commandments, He is now under the authority of His Heavenly Father and must wait and act at His Father's time and will. Jesus has a Divine timetable. His relationship with His earthly mother is now a spiritual one, and His life and actions are now governed by God. (see Matthew 12:46-50)

Mary gave the right response. She would trust Jesus. She knew in her heart that Jesus would do something about her concern. She submitted to her Son's authority and told the others to “Do whatever He tells you.” v5 In other words, submit to His authority and obey His Word fully. Mary was aware that obedience to Jesus would solve the problem of no wine. He would supply all of their needs according to the riches of His glory. (see Philippians 4:19)

Jesus heard Mary's concern and eventually did something about it, but not until His Heavenly Father instructed Him. Jesus will supply the need of the host of the wedding feast at the Father's appointed time. Faithful Mary's heart and petition would move the Father and the Son to act.

Jesus' “hour” in this scripture is the hour of the revelation of His transforming power but scripture uses this phrase when speaking about the hour of Jesus' death. Jesus said, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” John 12:23 Then in John 13:1, Jesus knew that the “time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father.”

There were times in scripture when Jesus' “time had not yet come.” When His disciples wanted Jesus to perform miracles in Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus said that “the right time had not come” for Him to do this. The time also had not come for the religious leaders to seize Jesus in John 8:20.

As you can see, Jesus always waited upon His Father's Word before He took any action or spoke any word.

                        (Next week: The stone waterpots and the transformation)

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