Day 1: John 1-3
You can catch today’s reading online over at esvbible.org, make sure you read the scripture before you read here.
Man Can’t reach God, But God can Reach Man: John is about the mission and message of Jesus. Jesus has come to be a light shining in the darkness (John 1:4-5,9, 3:19-21). He is God in the flesh (John 1:1-3, 14). He is Heaven reaching down to men (1:18, 3:13). In short Jesus has come to reveal God to men.
Look closely, you see it in His statement to Nathaniel (John 1:51). Jesus is the true and better Jacob’s ladder. The Jonathan Hill paraphrase goes like this, “Do not be amazed that I knew where you were, be amazed that I will take you with me.” Jesus is God reaching down to men.
Then Chapter two appears and seems to break up the flow of John’s theme of light/ darkness and Jesus the ultimate revelation of Heaven (it picks up again in chapter 3). What does Jesus have to do with wine? What does Jesus have to do with weddings? Why here, why now?
I think the wine is partially symbolic because He begins and ends His earthly ministry with wine. The first is to celebrate in a covenant marriage feast where they did not have enough to go around. The last to help usher in a different kind of covenant. One where his blood would become the atonement for our sins and there would be plenty to go around (Matthew 26:27-29).
Similarly I think the wedding here is a forshadowing of a greater wedding feast to come (Revelation 19:7-9). I do not think that it is an accident that John begins his Gospel with a wedding feast and ends the book of Revelation with a wedding feast. I know that when we speak of Jesus’ hour not yet coming that often it’s in regards to his crucifixion (where salvation was purchased). However, I think that perhaps here there is a glimps of something greater, He is a groom and his bride is not quiet ready, his hour has not yet come.
Application: God is not far away. He is reaching out to you. I can think of no greater expression of his love than for God to become a man and dwell among us, take our sin, meet all of our needs and prepare an eternal home for us. How have you responded to the God who is reaching out to you?
A few older Posts on Today’s reading from my other blog: http://www.followjonathan.wordpress.com . Don’t forget to also check out Chrisaiken.wordpress.com for Pastor Chris Aiken’s insights and thoughts on today’s reading.