Water into wine, and disgrace into dignity (Growing Deeper with John 2:1-12)

It’s one of his most popular miracles: turning water into wine! And no, we’re not talking about one or two goblets, but over 700 bottles!

Someone once told me they could get behind this kind of a Saviour. This individual seemed to neglect what Jesus said elsewhere about self control, but the story seemed to suggest (at least to him) that this wine-making Messiah was the life of the party.

But what is really happening in this story? It is one of the seven powerful “signs” in John’s Gospel. It’s a story which is embedded in ancient wedding customs, the nuances of an honour/shame society, and which may anticipate a great marriage at the end of human history.

It also tells us something about being carried from disgrace to dignity.

The Pulse Podcast is about living abundantly wholeheartedly. It includes different kinds of content: Interviews, featured topics, or biblical studies. This episode is the later—an in-depth look at John 2:1-12.

I take us through the text, highlight some cultural and historical background which helps bring it to life, and offer a few application points for our lives today, particularly around the idea of dignity and worth.


The sermon that accompanies this same section of text is called “The source and security of our dignity” and can be accessed here.

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