The night before Jesus was crucified, he reflected on his brief ministry and said, “Father, I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me.” (John 17:4) The Apostle John later wrote about personally witnessing the works of Jesus Christ, “We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life.” (1 John 1:1)
Jesus accomplished so many miracles during his leadership ministry that John said the whole world is not enough space to contain all the books that would be written about him. (John 21:25) The purpose of recording the signs, wonders, and miracles of Jesus Christ is for us to believe that he is Yahweh’s Messiah, the Son of God, and through this faith we will have eternal life by the power of his holy name. (John 20:31, Ephesians 2:8)
The master icon illustrates the wonder working power of Jesus Christ. Jesus changes the jars full of water into delicious wine for the wedding celebration. His mother, Mary, is next to him releasing her faith that her son will give this miracle as a gift to the newly wedded couple.
The grape vine arching over the jars illustrates Jesus as the vine (John 15:1). The river flowing from beneath Jesus illustrates the living water he will give to anyone who believes in him (John 7:38). The grape juice dripping into the jars and the water pouring out of the jars illustrate this first Messianic sign of Jesus changing water to wine. The Holy Spirit (fire & dove) in the center jar illustrates Yahweh’s divine power. Jesus is the seventh jar illustrating the perfect provision of God through his Son and foreshadowing Jesus’ blood being symbolized as wine in communion.
The chief servant, along with the servant who brought the cup, tastes the wine and releases his faith that Jesus is the Messiah. The heavenly vision of the angel and Father Yahweh raising a cup and toasting the couple at the wedding feast illustrate God taking pleasure in his creation honoring him through marriage. The fruit bearing tree illustrates the love, joy, and peace at this event.
Water Becomes Wine story sketches
Sketch #1: Miracle wine – This sketch is the story logo. This sketch illustrates the first Messianic sign of Jesus miraculously changing many gallons of water into wine.
Sketch #2: Empty jar – This sketch illustrates the first part of the story where the wedding feast ran out of wine, and Mary requests a miracle from her son.
Sketch #3: Full jar – This sketch illustrates the second part of the story where Jesus changes the full jars of water into over 100 gallons of delicious wine.
Sketch #4: Chief servant – This sketch illustrates the third part of the story where the chief servant praises the groom for saving the best wine for the end of the celebration.
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