John called it ‘signs’ because signs point to a destination. In this case, John was pointing to Jesus as the Son of God so that people will believe and find life in Him.
Jesus, Mary, and the disciples attended a wedding celebration. Weddings, in Jewish culture, are not just a celebration of the couple witnessed by everyone but also a seven-day community event, much like the Filipino fiesta.
The couple ran out of wine in the middle of their celebration and this placed the couple and their family in an extremely shameful situation.
In Hebrew culture, honor and shame are not to be taken lightly. It’s not just about being shy or embarrassed. It meant loss of honor, reputation, value and worth. Shame brings a social stigma that leads to ostracism.
Jesus asked for the stone jars that were used for Jewish purification to be filled with water and He turned water into wine. He saved the couple and their family from shame so they can continue with their joy.
He took shame away. He replaced it with joy.
The shame He saved the couple from pointed to a much deeper shame, the shame of our sin. Scriptures points to shame as an effect of sin and relates it to perpetual shame or eternal separation from God.
This can be traced back to Genesis where man had no shame. After sin, man hid from God because there was already shame.
Genesis 2:25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed
Genesis 3:10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.
But shame is not just a matter of hiding from God. It meant an eternal separation from Him. The miracle directs us to the Son of God who takes shame and eternal separation and reconciles us with Him.
Romans 10:11b,13 11b “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
How did Jesus take shame away? Cross
Hebrews 12:2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God
He suffered a shameful death on the cross.
Jesus took our shame.
We can now approach Him UNASHAMED.
We await the fullness of joy in eternity.