"2 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”
(I wonder if Jesus said this with a peaceful smile. His time has not yet come to be broken open and his blood spilled. The bread and wine, body and blood would be his offering. Jesus drove away many who would pretend to follow him by the shocking statement, "Eat my flesh and drink my blood." He didn't waste time in threshing out those who wouldn't stick around long enough to discover what he meant by what seemed like revolting words. The disciples agreed it was a "hard saying" but as Peter put it, where else could they go?
I would take issue with what I understand to be long-held Catholic (and past Protestant perhaps? I've heard Martin Luther may have still held this?) teaching of transubstantiation where the elements change into actual flesh and blood of Christ which somehow adds to one's spiritual growth. I think that might be putting it into the realm of works based religion even to actual cannibalism, which the early church was mistakenly persecuted for. I don't feel confident in saying Jesus was making a play on words or being humorous, but does seem to be speaking on different levels all at once here. I love that. The fractal of Biblical DNA, that can be found over and over again to speak to any situation at any time.
"They have no wine" probably was not intended by Mary to refer to the "drink offering" of Jesus blood being spilled, but he answers as if it were. I like that the jugs were ceremonial washing, fitting with the paradoxical nature of the only sinless and pure blood being able to wash out the permanent defiling stains of sin. Blood has been designed to "cry out" from the ground like Abel's, and it cries out from under the UV light of a crime scene investigator, or from under microscope through DNA. Is that an accident?
I think he was also pointing to the future wedding feast on God's holy mountain. I like to say, since I was set free from alcohol addiction over ten years ago, that I won't drink wine again until that great feast in paradise one day. God indeed invites us to be full of His Holy Spirit to the point of being "drunk".
John 1:4-5 says, "4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
(Life is in the blood. The spirit of a man pours out with his blood in a sense. The ceremonial washing jars were filled to the brim, which to me sounds like they were just about filled to overflowing. In Revelation it says that the Spirit and the bride call for Christ's return (Revelation 22:17, "17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price."). That is because the Spirit was left with us (His bride), Immanuel is God with us, to fill us as clay pots. God chose to come down for our sake take on a "clay pot" human body, and fill it with His pure cleansing blood, and be broken as bread and poured out as wine for our cleansing.
In Judges 7:16 "16 And he divided the 300 men into three companies and put trumpets into the hands of all of them and empty jars, with torches inside the jars. ("...the life was the light of men.")
"20 Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the jars. They held in their left hands the torches, and in their right hands the trumpets to blow. And they cried out, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!”
Ephesians 6:17-18a adds, "17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit"
"9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him." (in John)
(in John) 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
12 After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days."