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In John 2, Jesus attends a wedding at Cana, where he performs his first sign in John, the conversion of water into wine.

It is significant that John records this miracle occurred at a wedding, not merely a feast. John very skillfully writes this account in such a way as to equate Jesus with the bridegroom without, of course, suggesting that Jesus was actually the groom: Jesus provided the wine, and the master of the feast declares the bridegroom to have provided the wine.

This is the sign: Jesus is revealed as the provident Bridegroom, a theme which John takes up again in the following chapter, and which also underscores Jesus’s interactions with exemplary women throughout the book of John.

But the bride is missing from this account, and while many of John’s women are in need of a bridegroom, they only serve to typify the true bride. In a sense, the book of John serves as the revelation of the Bridegroom, and only in John’s book of Revelation do we finally see the Bride revealed.

Written by Scott Moonen

January 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Posted in Biblical Theology

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  1. In at least one of the chiastic arrangements noted in John (http://www.valdes.titech.ac.jp/~h_murai/bible/43_John_e_1.html), the wedding at Cana corresponds to Jesus’s conversation with Mary Magdalene in the garden after his resurrection.

    Scott Moonen

    January 3, 2016 at 4:07 pm

  2. […] woman at the well is clearly marital imagery, following on two suggestions already in John that Jesus is the bridegroom, and following in the steps of the many wells in Genesis. The […]

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