“Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins’” (Matthew 26.27-28 NIV).
The first public miracle of Jesus was to turn water into wine at the Canaan Wedding. Jesus’ mother saw lack in the celebration and knew only Jesus could provide. Jesus told the servants to pour more water into the six wash basins where the guest would rinse the grime of human effort off their hands (John 2.1-12) If water represents the Living Water of God or His Holy Spirit (Zechariah 14.8-9), we get this image of humans tainting God’s pure water with our efforts—creating dirty water in the six basins.
But Jesus did not serve this dirty water to the wedding guest. He transformed the tainted water into the choicest Wine. Wine is symbolic of Jesus’ Blood, which is Living Water rained down on the land, creating fruit that embodies water mixed with earth—wine instead of dirty water. Wine is like Jesus’ Blood, God’s Spirit made flesh or Immanuel, God with us. Wine is the New Covenant of Grace replacing the bitter vinegar of the Law, which was written by Moses for a people who thought they could meet God’s Holy Standard on their own. Jesus’ body was broken, pouring out this grace onto all of us, when we finally realized that we could not live up to God’s holy standard on our own (Romans 3.23).
Jesus, born as a human baby, was destined to break His body for humankind, spilling His Redeeming Blood across space and time. Jesus is the Bread, broken to pour out His blood to reconcile all Six Days of Creation on the Seventh Day of Sabbath when God rested, knowing Jesus would finish the work of creation with reconciliation. Jesus is Lord over the Sabbath, the Tree of Life planted in the earth next to the Tree of Knowledge, our free will to choose. God planted both trees in the Garden, ensuring that Jesus would reconcile the earth corrupted by our free will choices. Our free will came at the price of the Cross, and our human works are accepted by God through the Blood of Jesus.
God sent His Son, Jesus, to die, so we could have free will to love God by choice, not by force. Yes, we create sin when we disobey God’s will, but God knew that we would also create free will gifts for His glory. God is the Creator and Owner of everything that exists. The only thing that we can give Him that He does not own is our free will to love and obey Him and create beauty for His glory. God knew we would mess up with our free will, which is why He planted Jesus there with us when time began. God understood that we would—even in our messed-up human struggle—create thank offerings and free will offerings for Him. And our free will gifts done in our efforts washed in the Blood of the Lamb are beautiful, pleasing and acceptable in the eyes of God.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22.14 NIV).
~ This information and more can be found in my book, Our 6, His 7: Transformed by Sabbath Rest.