John 2:9, 10 . . . and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to rink; but you have saved the best till now."
The second element of communion is the wine. And I point us to Jesus' first miracle performed at Cana at a wedding feast. I believe that this first miracle points to the Jewish custom of betrothal, of those involved drinking of a cup of wine to set in motion and settle the engagement of the bridegroom to the bride. Jesus is our Bridegroom, is He not? And the first act of His public ministry of miracles is performed at a wedding. And I also believe that it is significant that His mother is the one who opens the way for the miracle to happen. Was it not prophesied even from the beginning that the seed of the woman would defeat the enemy? "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel," the curse directed to the serpent. The serpent was the "other courter." Jesus is the Bridegroom.
The conversation between Jesus and His mother at the feast may sound quite puzzling at first glance. The Interpreter's Bible gives further insight. "Jesus' answer to his mother seems harsh, not because of the form of address--for that is used with utmost tenderness in 19:26--but because of the words What have you to do with me? This translation gives the usual meaning of the Greek, and the saying may deprecate fussy interference. But the words might also mean, "What have I and you to do with that?" i.e., "Never mind; don't be worried." This is rather supported by what follows, My hour has not yet come. In that case the evangelist seized on a phrase which simply meant, "I must wait for the right opportunity." and read into it the secondary and deeper meaning which it has elsewhere--a solemn reference to his death. To this evangelist the "signs" of Jesus were a display of his power or "glory," and his complete glorification on earth was the consummation of his sacrifice on the Cross. His mother's confidence in him is shown in her instructions to the servants." And in seeing Jesus' response to the need, we see in Him His response to meet every need. He and He alone could have given Himself for us, shedding His blood to cleanse our sin, the blood of the New Covenant, God's betrothal to us, His Bride. And it is in Him we find our life! L'chayim! (Hebrew toast, "To life!")