This is the continuation of a previous post
"Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to certificate gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim." John 2:6-7 (NIV)
Jesus chooses to use water jars that were appointed for “purification,” not for drinking, when he performs his miracle and fills them with wine. And the reason is that he means to point to his own death as the ultimate purification for sins that would nullify and replace the Jewish purification rituals.
Jesus’ hour was the hour of his death when the Lamb of God would take away the sin of the world. This would be the ultimate purification, as John said in 1 John 1:7, “the blood of Jesus his Son purifies us from all sin” (the verb is katharizei which corresponds to the word katharismon in John 2:6).
The second pointer is that even though Jesus rebuffed his mother’s request by saying “my hour has not yet come,” nevertheless he goes ahead and does the miracle. So it seems to me (and others) that what Jesus is doing here is saying, “No, the climactic hour of my death is not yet here, but I will give you a sign of my death. I will give you an acted out parable of my death and what it will mean.” says John Piper
As the ultimate Purifier, he is not moved by religious ritual. He replaced all Old Testament ritual once for all with his own blood. There is one way to be pure before God—the hardest way for him and the easiest way for you: Wash your robes in the blood of the Lamb. Come to him. Live on him. - John Piper
What or who do you depend on for purification?
Purification is the removal of contaminants from something. It is the process of making something spiritually or ceremonially clean. (Oxford)
As we go about our lives, there will be moments of sin . We can't turn to our works of kindness, arms giving or even our offerings to purify us. Only Jesus can take off that contamination from our souls.
Adoption Strategy: Stick with Jesus. Rituals neither purifies our souls nor purges us off sin's stubborn stain. They don't make us acceptable by God, only the blood of Jesus does.
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