Jesus chose to perform his first miracle at a wedding feast where he changed water into wine. Now this was one of His most important miracles. Why? Because it was here that he first introduced Himself to the Jewish community as the Messiah, the one promised by God from the ages.
So, why did he pick something that to us seems so trivial as to save a party? Many theological reasons can be found why this miracle was more than just coming to the rescue when a party went bad. But as I meditate on this miracle today, one thing stands out: by performing his first miracle at a wedding, Jesus is placing His imprimatur, stamp of approval, on marriage, family and the procreation of children. He is proclaiming loud and clear his support for marriage as the source and cradle of life.
God is a God of life. In Genesis 1 where it talks of God creating the cosmos, I am struck by God saying, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures.” Literally “may the waters team with life.” Then he blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” To Adam and Eve he said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth…”
God is in favor of life! God loves life! God restores life! Yes, even in a world of death and among people who love death, God came and died and rose again to overcome death. By His bodily resurrection He has wiped out death. Death is no longer the end; no long the last act. There is life even after death. God is well pleased with life.