THE WEDDING IN CANA
THE STONE WATERPOTS FOR PURIFICATION AND
THE GOOD WINE
Carlos Padilla, August 2011
Jesus Christ turned the water into wine, one of the most famous of
His miracles. In this story we can receive a complete spiritual teaching about
our attitude when we come, not at a wedding, but before God. We will
see in the stone waterpots for purification of the wedding in Cana, a reflection of the
Wedding of the Lamb, the wedding of our soul with Christ and the entry into
the Kingdom of the Lord. The stone pots are souls filled with ritual water of
religious tradition; when we receive Jesus Christ they are turned into faith in
the blood of Christ, in the best wine ever known in those same pots, the
blood-life of Christ in our lives. In the Text of John 2 we find this precious
story which, under the light of the spirit, we could see as follows:
1 On the third day
(end of times, the return of Jesus Christ) there was a wedding in Cana
(wedding of the Lamb) of Galilee (land of Gentiles, every nation,
the rapture), and the mother of Jesus was there (Israel is
present, since Jesus Christ will return in Zion).
2 Now both Jesus and His
disciples were invited to the wedding (Christ - His Words, the prophets
and the apostles - are received by Jews and Gentiles at the end of times).
3 And when they ran out of
wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what
does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the
servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”6
Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the
manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons
apiece. 7 Jesus said to them,
“Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.
8 And He said to them, “Draw
some out now, and take it to the master of the feast” (pastor, priest,
levite). And they took it. 9
When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did
not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew)
(the servants = those who have witnessed the glory of the Lord), the
master of the feast called the bridegroom.
10 And he said to him, “Every man
at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk,
then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” (the wine
was so good that it was better than the first one - which the master of the
feast had tried - this is the man who pastors the sheep, who is used to the
things of the Lord but who is blessed by the glory of Jesus Christ to drink it
Him at the end of times in the last supper in the Kingdom with us) 11
This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory;
and His disciples believed in Him. John 2.
After John the
Baptist baptized Jesus "...This is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of
the world..." John 1:29, Jesus teaches that beyond purification by water, which
is a symbolic but provisional ritual that comes from religious tradition, we
come to the purification of wine-blood for the final purification, since washing
hands in the stone waterpots is something that is done continuously, because traditional
rituals need to be forever repeated, for they do not provide ultimate
purification. This is not so in the baptism in water, which is the open and public
confirmation of the fact that we have received the Gospel, and therefore it
comes after the baptism of the Spirit which is Who convicts us of sin, of
righteousness, and of judgment. The blood of Christ does cleanse us for once and
In the wedding of
Cana, Jesus turns the water in the stone pots into wine of a quality that is not
known to the man of God who looks after the members of the spiritual
congregation or people; prophet,
priest, apostle or pastor, elder or bishop of the church, the 'master of the
feast'. The 'Father' of the 'bride' had served the best wine 'Torah', but the
wine of conversion 'Faith' was better. The wine that we men serve, the one of
the tradition of the law of God, blood of animals through rituals that have only
a temporary effect, but Law does not convert us - it only allows us to know and
acknowledge sin. Christ offers the wine in the stone waterpots that were to be
used for the custom of purification,
therefore He teaches us the purpose of the Law for purification, no longer
following the system of continuous atonement, but in the one that He would fulfill for
once and for all on the Cross giving His own life for our sake.
We are the stone
waterpots, in spirit, soul and body. They are made of stone because they
represent the faith we need to receive to change the water of tradition for the
wine-blood of Christ, without our merits, religious deeds or personal effort for
salvation. The text in John 2 says that each pot would hold twenty or thirty
gallons. This represents our three parts that we shall use to love God: with all
our soul, with all our heart and with all our strength. The Lord fills us up to
the level we love, if we are able to love Him with twenty or thirty gallons, or
parts of our being, He provides without measure. In the stone waterpots for
purification Jesus teaches us why He has turned the water into new and excellent
wine, in a new wine that is unknown to tradition, unknown to the master of the
feast, unknown to the pastor who must turn the Living Word into solid spiritual
food, by the Holy Spirit. A wine that is
also unknown to the guests, Israel and the Church in its theological growth
until they understand that salvation is through faith, on the work of
Jesus Christ on the Cross, without works of the Law. Galatians 2:16.
Jesus wants us to
understand that we no longer have to turn to tradition against His Word, man-made
traditions, and even the Law given by the Father, once we have received the
Grace of God, the Gift of Faith on the work of His Son on the Cross for
purification, salvation and to enter into the wedding of the Lamb for the
Kingdom of the Lord. Being born again from the Spirit by the Word of the Gospel
is what cleanses and purifies our consciences of dead works.
Jesus' mother is the
provider of His flesh, of His ethnical, religious and national origin. Jesus was
a Jew, from the tribe of Judah, from the nation of Israel and from a family
according to the Law of God, followers of the Torah and who took part in
Israel's religious tradition. Mary symbolizes tradition, which is why she asks
Jesus for wine, and Jesus Christ replies: “Woman, what does your concern have to
do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” Jesus was referring to His blood, which
He would pour for the sin of the world - not the wine. Mary would not understand
these Words at the time, but she would keep them in her heart. Just like Israel
has not understood these Words but they will do so at the end of times, when the
time of Jesus Christ comes, Yahshua the Messiah as King of kings, in His
glorious second coming to establish the Kingdom of the Lord for eternity, thus
fulfilling the prophecy. The first time that His hour came on the Cross He had
victory over death and sin, so that through faith both people - Jews and
Gentiles, that is to say every nation - can enter the Eternal Kingdom of the
Lord. The access to the wedding of the Lamb which every soul is invited to, and
not to attend just as a simple guest to drink wine but to marry the Son of God
and to drink and eat from the Tree of His Life throughout eternity.
Christ changes the
daily ritual of purification for the daily memory of His death for
us, and when we take Holy Supper we drink His blood in our souls, the new wine
in the stone waterpots. Jesus raises us to His spiritual level, since He is going to
marry us, and because living a life that depends on daily rituals is death,
whilst living everyday next to Him is life. People perform rituals
without thinking or considering their meaning in depth,
they do not know God; whilst those who know God, study the Word of God and have
a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, they receive revelation of the
meaning of daily spiritual life with Christ with the Holy Spirit and they are
known by their fruits.
God gives us the good
wine at the end of times on the return of Christ. Also throughout the years that
we live as Christians, the Lord reveals His treasures to us, jewels
that He had reserved for the years of spiritual maturity. The stone pots, when
they are filled with the new wine, the ones that "can hold twenty or thirty
gallons" are the born again Christians who are invited to the Wedding of the
Lamb through the New Covenant of Jesus Christ with man, in the Blood of Christ
as salvation, fulfilling the Great Commission and leaving behind the Old
Covenant of the Law to which man added tradition. The good wine is reserved for
the end of the spiritual search of those who sincerely search for God through
faith on His Son Jesus Christ.
Finally, Jesus Christ comes down to Capernaum with His family and
disciples together, an example of Christian life that stands the initial
rejection of the Gospel but continues to have a relationship with His family whilst living with
his friends in Christ, who set the example, and that will translate into many of
them receiving the Lord and believing the Gospel by seeing our fruits in Christ.
story goes on to teach us another lesson of the Lord about purification,
describing His entrance in the Temple, which at the same time is a symbol of the
soul of man, our interior temple of the soul. Men and women in Christ need to be
cleansed through the work of the Holy Spirit in us, of every tradition that is
against the Gospel, of our own concepts of religion and salvation through
our own merits, efforts and penances. We cannot cleanse or purify ourselves
on our own before we invite Jesus to come into our heart, this is one of man's
biggest mistakes and sins, what all of us would do if the Gospel had not been
preached to us. We do not have to mention indulgences or any other type of
business of the false church of pagan tradition dressed as Christianity, like
hypocrite scribes and pharisees - whitewashed tombs - used to do with people,
calling them cursed because they did not know the law, John 7:49. When Christ
enters the temple, our soul, where they worship God, making the whip of cords, Christ throws out of our soul every devil, principality and power of
darkness to establish the admirable Light of His holiness,
changing and cleaning our conscience, our mind, our heart and transforming our
life. This is how we establish worship to God in Christ, through
the Gospel inside our temple, where the Holy Spirit lives now for our spiritual
wedding with Christ in the wedding of the two Temples of Jerusalem.
can only have a purified heart if we are born again, like Jesus Christ teaches
Nicodemus in John 3:3. We can now fully comprehend this verse in the Beatitudes:
... Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8.
JESUS CHRIST IS OUR BRIDEGROOM
Jesus Christ, our
spiritual bridegroom, asks us to marry Him spiritually and
eternally. As prince heir to the throne and bridegroom He has signed the marriage convenant,
the document that certifies the wedding, and He has done it with His
blood, because the Law also had - for the Lord - the meaning of a covenant, the
old covenant, and it was a marriage covenant between Yahweh and Israel. Now
under the new regime of the Spirit, when we are no longer under the old regime
of the Letter, we can come to the presence of the Lord through faith, without
featt, covered by the Blood of Jesus Christ which cleanses us of sin, being now
the Church of "Jews and Gentiles in Christ" the bride of the Lamb.
Maker is your husband, The LORD of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the
Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth. Isaiah 54:5.
maker is Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:2 and 11:3), as well as husband and redeemer,
the One who saves us, who marrries us in the wedding of the Lab, the Holy One
who is Spirit and Holy.
O backsliding children,” says the LORD; “for I am
married to you ... Jeremiah 3:14.
which they broke, though I was a husband to them,
says the LORD. 33 But this
is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those
days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their
hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
34 No more shall every man teach
his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all
shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD.
For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will
remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:32.
Again, we see the
Lord revealing to us as Father, Husband and Saviour. God has never given
up seeking us, throughout the history of the Bible and humanity, we cannot ask
disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often,
but Your disciples do not fast?”
15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of
the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the
days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away
from them, and then they will fast. Matthew 9:15.
Jesus Christ is the
For I am jealous
for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you
to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
Jesus Christ, the
Let us be glad and
rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the
Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. Revelation 19:7.
In the Old Testament,
the Lord reveals Himself to us as the husband, and although He is the Father, He is
really the Son, but is one and only being, One that reveals Himself to
man, but He did not need to send His essence, His Son. But he did it for us, He
came away from the Father to make creation and the relationship with
humankind, and every thing that was to exist, His project, that was
in His mind, His Logos, His Son, the Living Verb, reveals Himself to us as
husband of our souls from now until eternity.
... I will greatly
rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me
with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of
righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and
as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61.
God Himself dresses
us with heavenly garments, of salvation, of righteousness, of holiness, of God's
love, and this is the way He sees us when we are born again, dressed in Jesus
Christ. The Lord clothes us, as preparing us for the wedding.
THERE IS PRAISE IN
HEAVEN FOR THE WEDDING OF THE LAMB
... Then a voice
came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those
who fear Him, both small and great!”
6 And I heard, as it were, the
voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of
mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent
reigns! 7 Let us be glad and
rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the
Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”
8 And to her it was granted
to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and
bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed
are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’”
THOSE WHO REFUSE THE
INVITATION TO THE WEDDING
And Jesus answered
and spoke to them again by parables and said:
kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,
3 and sent out his servants to
call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.
The Lord feels
rejected by men who do not receive the invitation to His eternal Kingdom, which
is through the Gospel of His Son Jesus Christ preached by those of us who
announce His Kingdom.
Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See,
I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are
killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’
The oxen and the
fatted cattle are a symbol of the threshold to Christ, who was sacrificed for
us, just like fatted cattle were sacrificed to fulfill the Law. So we just have
to accept Him as our Saviour and come to the wedding, to our wedding with Him.
they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his
business. 6 And
the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them.
7 But when the king heard about
it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and
burned up their city. 8 Then he
said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy.
Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’
10 So those servants went out
into the highways and gathered together all whom they found,
both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with
The servants are now
sent to preach to the Gentiles since those from the literal Israel, from the
Law, did not accept their Saviour. Both good and bad who accept Christ are
invited to the wedding.
11 “But when the king came in to
see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.
The wedding garment
is essential. Are you spiritually dressed with a wedding garment? The
answer is whether you have accepted to be covered by the Blood of Christ that He
poured on the Cross to pay for your sins, that you are covered with the life of
Christ. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to come to the wedding.
12 So he said to him, ‘Friend,
how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.
13 Then the king said to the
servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him
into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’14
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Naked truth. We
announce the Kingdom of the Lord to many, but only few receive it in their
hearts and change their lives. You will know them by their acts.
THE PARABLE OF THE
... “Then the
kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who
took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
We, human kind, are
the the ten virgins whose purpose in life is finding God - even if many do not
2 Now five of them were wise, and
five were foolish. 3 Those who
were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,
4 but the wise took oil in their
vessels with their lamps.
The wise ones are
those who, looking for God, have not closed their ears to preaching or, if they
have not been preached, they have considered looking for God outside the
organized religion that has not allowed them to know Him, and out of society, repenting and
awaiting full of hope for the coming of the day of the Lord.
The lamps, our souls,
need the Spirit of the Lord. The vessels are the souls that have become
receptacles for the oil of the Spirit of the Lord. Oil is obtained by crushing
olives, the fruit of the olive tree. In Getsemane, the olive orchard, was were
Jesus was crushed in His pain and sorrow, and drinking the cup of our sin He distilled
oil so that we were anointed with the Holy Spirit. Now we must also make an
effort now that the way is open by His sacrifice and resurrection to give
fruits worthy of Him, having faith, praying continuously, preaching, helping others
and fasting. Read 2Peter 1:5-15. To avoid that our lamps do not become vessels
and we cannot hold the oil, and the light in our lamps is put out we have no light when the
while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
As it happens in
life, it seems like The Bridegroom, God, is delayed and we become desperate, we
are absorbed by our daily duties, we slumber and go to sleep, but in His
hope, because the Lord is not delayed, He does everything in His time,
in God's time, and does not want anyone to be lost
but to come to repentance.
at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go
out to meet him!’ 7
Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said to the
wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
9 But the wise answered, saying,
‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who
sell, and buy for yourselves.’
The Bible says "at
midnight", before the night is over, the period of spiritual darkness that
humankind suffers in its history without God. A cry was heard; ... for the
trumpet will sound ... 1Corinthians 15:52, the voice that the Bridegroom is
coming, at the last trumpet. Then all the virgins, the whole of mankind, gets
ready to receive the Husband, the Lord. Then the foolish ones, those who have
not wanted to receive or look for God, ask the others to give them their part of
their oil, of their anointment, of their salvation, of their faith. But this is
a question of spiritual life or death. We cannot give this to any other, because
it is by faith and individual. Go and buy from those who sell oil, who preach
faith in Christ, in a God who receives those who repent from sin of living
without God and miss God.
10 And while they went to buy,
the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in
with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
11 “Afterward the other virgins
came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’
12 But he answered and said,
‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Matthew 25:1.
Too late, no more
selling, no more preaching, the time for looking for God is over. Repent, the
Baptist preached, may the Lord bless this brother greatly. The ones who repented
entered the Kingdom of God. Beloved brother, don't be left outside, but oil for
your lamp now, look for the Lord and repent, maybe this is your last day and you
have no more time left, repent now and
Receive Jesus Christ as Saviour.
He will cleanse the pot of your soul with the wine of His Blood and will
receive you as bridegroom so that you are allowed to come to the Wedding of the
Lamb, in the Kingdom of God, and the Kingdom of God is among us, the bride
Church, who waits for the Bridegroom, ... For God so loved the world that
He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish
but have everlasting life. John 3:16.
CONCLUSION AND BIBLE TEXTS ABOUT SPIRITUAL PURIFICATION
I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
11 For My own sake, for My own
sake, I will do it; For how should My name be profaned? And I will not give My
glory to another. Isaiah 48:10
... Christ also
loved the church and gave Himself for her,
He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
27 that He might present her to
Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but
that she should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:25b
... God, who at
various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the
prophets, 2 has in these last
days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things,
through whom also He made the worlds; 3
who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person,
and upholding all things by the word of His power,
when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat
down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
4 having become so much better
than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than
they. Hebrews 1:1.
... But Christ
came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and
more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.
12 Not with the blood of goats
and calves, but with His own blood He
entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
13 For if the blood of bulls and
goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean,
sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered
Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve
the living God?. Hebrews 9:11.
brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the
blood of Jesus, 20 by
a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through
the veil, that is, His flesh,
21 and having a High Priest over
the house of God, 22
let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed
with pure water. 23
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who
promised is faithful. 24 And let
us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,25
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some,
but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you
see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:19.
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on
us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore
the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
2 Beloved, now we are children of
God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He
is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
The Wedding is near,
we are called! Let our stone pots of faith be
souls full of the life of Christ in our three measures: the spirit, soul and body. Let the oil of anointment of our
beloved Holy Spirit fill our lamps-souls, so that we walk in the Light and as we
shine in His Light, as a bridesmaid dressed for her Bridegroom, we can access
the eternal Kingdom, in the Wedding of the Lamb of God, when the Husband comes,
when we will take the new bread and wine of eternity. Amen.