John 2


The disciples remember a line from Psalm 69, in which the “zeal” for God’s House consumes Christ; this discovery follows the wedding at Cana, which name means “zeal.” The first miracle works in conjunction with living waters of John 4-5 to showcase Jesus as the center of God’s House, from which flows the restorative, eternal waters of redemption, a truth reflected in the consumption of Jesus’ blood. Following the first miracle in the city of Zeal, Jesus is consumed by zeal for his Father’s House, and declares himself to be the temple.

This may be another reason for the chronological variance between John and the synoptics in the placement of the temple incident; John’s placing connects the temple incident to the first miracle and the larger temple-discussion of the gospel, by overlapping the wine-that-was-water with the temple that is Christ’s Body.