In the second chapter of John we see Jesus performing His first recorded miracle, turning water into wine. We also see Him “cleansing” the temple.
Both of these accounts are pictures showing us that Jesus came to destroy religion (man made traditions and rules designed to try and move man towards God).
Most people have the wrong idea about Jesus, thinking instead that He came to start a new religion.
Jesus and His coming were not about religion but about relationship.
His first miracle took place at a wedding, a wonderful example of relationship.
He used the stone jars that were used to hold water for the ritualistic cleansing of the Jews, for part of their required religious observance.
By using them to hold wine He actually desecrated them, making them useless again for their religious practices.
He was telling a story here, showing the people (and us) that religious practices would no longer be required.
There would be no more need for cleansing and religion, He was all they would need.
Faith in Jesus would provide all the cleansing that was required and religion was not required any more.
The jars would not be required once Jesus had performed his once for all work (Hebrews 10), indeed religion would not be required.
True Christianity, following and trusting in Jesus and His finished work, is all about relationship and should have nothing to do with religion.
Desecrating the required equipment at the ultimate example of relationship (wine in the stone jars at a wedding) is a clear picture that Jesus came to end religion and start relationship.
What a wonderful picture of the new covenant, the covenant that we now live under.
The ruler of the feast commented that the second wine, the wine that Jesus brought into being, was much better than the first.
We are blessed to live under the better second covenant where relationship with God is the key, and not religion and religious performance.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you that I now live under the freedom of relationship and not the bondage of religion”.
John 2 v 6 and 7…..And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim