“Everyone serves the good wine first … then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” (John 2:10)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The master of the feast assumed that the host had started with the cheap stuff so the guests would depart before all the better wine could be consumed. Why else would the good wine only now be served?
The servants, of course, knew better, and through the evangelist, so do we. Likely the bridegroom had begun with the best wine he could find or at least that he could afford. Neither he nor the master of the feast realized that his best efforts had been overtaken by the efforts of the Church’s Bridegroom.
In this, “the first of His signs,” Jesus subtly shows Himself as heir to Scripture’s messianic prophecies. Here is the choice wine of the Lord’s feast proclaimed in Isaiah 25. Here is more good wine than believable—a sign of Judah’s kingship foretold by Jacob in Genesis 49, where Judah’s is described as “washing his garments in wine.”
Sometimes we may think that God is still holding back, reserving the “good wine” for some time in the indistinct future. Why else do so many troubles still plague us, worries darken our hearts, and woes cloud our days? Sure, we’ll eventually be partying with the Bridegroom—but it may be a long time before the celebration begins.
However, the Lord has always been giving us His best. He didn’t wipe out mankind in the Garden, end all earthly life in the Flood, or abandon rebellious Israel in the wilderness. His best, predicated on His Son’s sacrifice, has always been His ongoing forgiveness of us ongoing sinners. His truly “good wine” is the blood of the Bridegroom shed for our forgiveness and poured out in the Sacrament. No matter what label on the bottle, Christ’s words tell us that we already receive His best. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Almighty and everlasting God, Governor of all things in heaven and earth, mercifully hear the supplications of Your people and grant us Your peace in our time; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Collect of the Day)