In the story of the wedding at Cana where Jesus turns water into “the best wine” (2:10), the story ends interstingly. Verse 11 reads “Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.”
What I find interesting is the mention of glory here. Obviously this is a huge theme in John’s gospel, and how John messes with the meaning of “glory” throughout the book is very important. And he’s messing with it here as well.
What is it about this sign that reveals Jesus’s glory? Certainly I don’t think its the mere fact that Jesus is the worlds best alchemist. What makes this glorious is not simply that Jesus can change one substance into another, it is that Jesus’s power takes the form of generating festivity, conviviality, partying. Jesus’s glory is revealed because he makes this wedding party off the hook.
Jesus’s glory is manifest in celebration, in festivity, in, well, drinking.