The Maturing of Man
I was reading in the book of John and found interesting imagery in one of the miracles of Christ. This was the miracle of turning water into wine and God showed me how it relates to mankind. Let’s check it out!
Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. Jesus *said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim. And He *said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him. When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter *called the bridegroom, and *said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”John 2:6-10 NASB1995
On the outset, we can see the connection between mankind and the stone waterpots. This is because the number six is the number of mankind, as man was made on the sixth day of creation. With that being said, we see that Jesus first has the pots filled with water and we know that water is symbolic for the Holy Spirit. Then after the water is drawn out and taken to the headwaiter it has become wine. This is symbolic of how after the Holy Spirit is poured out into mankind, what then comes out of man is a good and pleasing drink to the Lord. It is water that changes to wine, and the holy spirit that leads to righteousness. So we know that just as wine matures, we too should mature by the Spirit into the likeness of Christ.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,Ephesians 4:14-15 NASB1995
I encourage you to seek the Lord today and ask Him how you can start to mature today into the image of Christ. Ask Him what you can work on. I hope you were encouraged by the Lord in the post and that you are excited to grow in Christ!
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