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Commandment Strictly Prohibited

Grapes on a GrapevineSaint Augustine (354-430 AD) of Hippo in present day Algeria writes in his "Confessions," "We take for granted the slow miracles as year by year water irrigating a vineyard becomes wine. We stand amazed when the same process takes place in quick motion in Cana of Galilee." The miracle at Cana where water was turned into wine by Jesus at a wedding shows that Jesus has power like his Father to create and recreate. Tip toeing across the laws of nature, he bends them for his glory and for our greater understanding and good.✞

Quick Motion Miracle

The PotterThe changing of water into wine at the Cana wedding points us also to the wine presented at the Holy Table signifying his blood shed at Calvary for our sins. Jesus does not play with his powers like a child in a sand pile. He uses his miracles to induce belief in his disciples, reinforcing their faith by what he does and says. Water, a tasteless clear fluid, is turned into a most delicious and aromatic wine.✞

A New Covenant

Chalices and GrapesJesus took the wine chalice again at the institution of the Lord's Supper. Saint Paul records in 1 Corinthians 11.25, "In the same way after supper Jesus took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." The mere thought of drinking "my blood," as is suggested by this verse, would have been repugnant to Jews because of its cannibalistic overtones.✞

Sacrifice of Jesus

Blood DropsThe Leviticus commandment strictly prohibited any contact with blood saying in Leviticus 3.17, "You must not eat any fat or any blood." Jews to this day will eat no meat other than that specially prepared under close scrutiny with the blood drained from it, because they believe as Leviticus 17.11 states, "the life of a creature is in the blood." The puzzle of Jesus' blood saying is unlocked by the special sacrificial nature of Jesus' death on the cross.✞

"Jesus Blood"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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