One last thought on Jesus’s first miracle, turning water into wine. Short and sweet, I promise.
Jesus doesn’t just turn any old water into wine. Jesus turned water for ritual purification into wedding wine, and this too is a sign. The sign is that there is about to be a huge shift in how we understand our relationship with God. Instead of always washing, washing, washing, mikvah, mikvah, mikvah, ceremonial cleansing, over and over, repeatedly, several times a week, instead of always washing and never really feeling clean, now the Kingdom of God is going to be more like eating and drinking with close friends with nothing to prove. Because you know you belong and you know you are welcome there.
To be involved with God, Jesus says is not going to be like always bathing but never getting clean. It’s going to be like sitting at a table with your best friends, enjoying good food and drink, with nothing to prove. Things are about to shift from purity rites to shared table delights.
Instead of are you clean enough, are you pure enough, are you holy enough, are you kosher enough, the question is now going to be will you come to the table? Want to come to God? The question has changed. It used to be that the question was are Holy enough, pure enough, kosher enough, clean enough??? But Jesus says that’s not the question any more. The question isn’t are you holy, clean, or pure enough, the question is will you come to the table??
That’s the standing invitation Jesus gives to you. He invites you to his table. And he says I’m not asking you if you’re clean enough. I’m not asking you if you Holy enough. I’m not asking you if you’re good enough. I’m not asking you if you’re pure enough. I’m not asking you if you’re religious enough. I’m not asking you if you’re kosher enough. I’m just asking, will you come?
That’s all Jesus asks of you, is that you come. Just come. Just come to the table and then things will happen. But know that you are welcome here. You are loved here. You are accepted here. Just come as you are.