(Reposted from “Cracked Pot,” Manny’s new blog which focuses on word studies.)
This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. – John. 2:11. (See John 2:1-10.)
Glory, doxa Strong’s #1391. Originally, an opinion or estimation in which one is held. Then the word came to mean the reputation, good standing, and esteem given to a person.
It progressed to honor or glory given to peoples, nations, and individuals. The New Testament doxa becomes splendor, radiance, and majesty centered in Jesus. Here doxa is the absolute perfection residing in Christ and evidenced by the miracles He performed.
As a sign, the miracle of turning water into wine was not meant to draw attention to itself; instead, it was intended to demonstrate the power and glory of Jesus.
All the miracles related by John testify to the deity of Christ.
In John the betrayal of Judas and Jesus’ arrest in Gethsemane further points out the deity of Jesus. Please read from verse one through 3 then: Jesus therefore knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?” They answered Him, Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. Now when He said to them, “I m He.” They drew back and fell to the ground.
In verse 5 the statement by the troops simply identified Jesus as a Galilean. In verse six The “I am” statement reveals Jesus as God. This explains the impact on the troops, who are involuntarily smitten by this momentary unleashing of His inherent power as God.