and said to him, “Everyone else serves the good wine first and the poorer wine after people have drunk freely. But you have kept the good wine until now!”
Wine is a symbol of joy. Wine is a gift from the Father. I wonder what it means that Messiah did his first miracle like this. We are in the Exodus section of the Torah cycle and I can’t help think of Moshe’s rod striking the wayers of Egypt and turning them into blood. The people were disgusted by the blood and couldn’t drink it. Ultimately Moshe delivers Israel from physical slavery to Egypt through the plagues and great, outward happenings. The Messiah’s redemptive work is different. It is more quiet, more subtle. He himself is afflicted and is the means of redemption at the hands of the powerful rulers of his age. Is that an intentional parallel and contrast believers were intended to detect?