700 Bottles of Wine

It’s not hard to guess where Jesus got the reputation of being a winebibber1 (alcoholic). Maybe the wedding at Cana, where He gifted no less than 750 bottles of the best wine to the wedding party, had something to do with it. Who said Jesus didn’t know howto have a good time! If Christians today would loosen up a bit and knock back a few, like Jesus did, they might lose the crusty edge and be more effective communicating Christ. In fact, it would be correct to say that scripture even takes it up a notch, stating plainly that all believers are to be three sheets to the wind on the wine of the Spirit all the time, like the ancient Prophet Jeremiah had a habit of doing. ~ “I am like a drunken man, And like a man whom wine has overcome, Because of the LORD, And because of His holy words” (Jeremiah 23.9).

How Beautiful Life Would Be

Oh yah, the word of God is heavily spiked with the exhilarating and comforting effects of being under the influence of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. This is why natural liquor is called ‘spirits’; it symbolizes being under the influence of the Holy Spirit. How beautiful life would be if Christians would spend more time getting sloshed out of their mind on Holy Ghost wine. Maybe then they would be less insulting, happier, more loving, and easier to get along with. Once under the influence of the Spirit of love, and ‘out of their mind’ (carnal way of thinking), everyone would behave the mind of Christ,6 Jesus would be running the show, and people would be doing things they normally wouldn’t do, like forgiving more readily and being slower to judge and criticize.

A Thousand Year Week

This first miracle of turning the water to wine contains much wisdom and insight for those who have their spiritual eyes enlightened. The fact that Messiah’s first miracle took place at a wedding is no accident. It points to the Great Marriage Feast7 of the Lamb, the first notable event to take place shortly following the rapture. Scripture indicates that Jesus and His disciples arrived late to the wedding… the wine had run out. Ancient Jewish wedding feasts were held seven days prior to the marriage, so it would be feasible to reason that Jesus may well have arrived on the 5th day of the banquet. We know that the New Testament states that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years. ~ “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day [is] as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2Peter 3.8). The seven-day banquet symbolizes the seven years of human history… 4000 years from Adam to the birth of Christ, 2000 years from the manger to the cross, and the 1000 years of the millennium (millennial reign of Christ at the end of the age).

750 Bottles of Wine

We know Jesus arrived at the wedding late. Since the entire event and the place assigned to it in scripture is distinctly prophetic in nature, it would be reasonable to assume Jesus and His disciples arrived at the end of the 4th day or the morning of the 5th day of the banquet, which corresponds to His Resurrection, when the Father sent the Holy Spirit (700 bottles of wine) to the earth. ~ “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14.26). Could the amazing miracle of over 750 bottles worth of the best wine symbolize the arrival of the Holy Spirit, the ‘Comforter’2? The biblical account records Jesus alchemizing ‘six stone water pots, each containing 20-30 gallons’3… that’s over 750 bottles of wine! The bonanza of wine speaks to us of the overabundance of the presence of the Holy Spirit and His merry effect on those attending the Wedding Feast of the Lamb in the new millennium as well as the surplus of wine (Spirit) given to us now, given on the 5th day of the celebration, before the actual wedding itself. What does this superabundance of wine mean to us?… The same thing it meant to those who were present at the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee 2000 years ago. It means we are supposed to “drink deeply” as the Bible says. ~ “I have drunk my wine…O friends! Drink, yes, drink deeply, O beloved ones!” (Song of Solomon 5.1).

The Cup of Communion

We know the cup of communion contained wine because people got drunk on it. Speaking of communion in the first Church, the Bible says some were ‘drunk8,’ which is the word (def.) methuo Gr., meaning “intoxicated,” not the past tense of ‘drink’ (drank, drunk). Does God want His people drunk? ―absolutely, but not on natural wine; He wants his people complete inebriated under the influence of the Holy Spirit. ~ “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5.18). The same way Jeremiah the prophet was stoned on God’s holy words (see above), the cup of communion of Christ was given to the Church with the instruction to do this “as often as you drink it.” The wine in the cup is ‘the New Testament, the word.’ ~ “In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me” (1Corinthians 11.25).

The Anointed Word

The New Testament is the wine of Christ and is impregnated with the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Together, we all drink of the New Testament (wine/blood) every time we come together and receive the word preached under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.4 Why not crack open a new bottle in celebration of each new day! Why not abide in the wine of His Word, like the prophet Jeremiah, until you are completely under the influence of the Spirit (drunk), lingering long at the cup of blessing and then walking freely and effortlessly in the Spirit? Nothing will anoint you more than Christ, the Living Word,5 for the words of Christ “are Spirit and they are life.”

John 6.63

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

Notes

1. Matthew 11.19

2. John 14.26

3. John 2.6-7

4. Luke 4.18

5. John 1.1,14; Revelation 19.13; 1John 5.7

6. 1Corinthians 2.26

7. Revelation 19.9 8.

1Corinthians 11.21

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