Jesus was trying to raise their thinking to a higher level. The supplied food represented his message, his words, but even the apostles did not have a depth of understanding until Pentecost when they got the Holy Spirit, the spirit of remembrance. Then the meaning of Jesus’ words dawned on them.
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Smith’s Bible Dictionary has some interesting comments about Cana. John 21:2 states that Nathanael came from Cana, and this could well be the connection as to how the disciples received invitations to the wedding there. Also, the name Cana means “place of reeds.” We think of reeds as writing instruments or the ingredient for making papyrus paper.
Another application of the water being changed into wine could pertain to the Kingdom. After the marriage of The Christ, the Old Law Covenant (the “water”) will be exchanged for the New Law Covenant (the “wine”). The stone water pots picture the stone tablets of the Law. Jesus “manifested forth his [future] glory” in this miracle. This phrase suggests that the incident is typical, that there is a lesson in regard to Jesus’ future glory.
Notice the word “immediately.” The disciples received Jesus into the boat, and immediately the boat was at their destination. As the writer of the last Gospel, John did not repeat all the details of the other Gospels but added new information, and this important detail had been overlooked. Apparently, the other writers just saw Jesus as stopping the wind and calming the elements. However, as Jesus stepped into the boat, it was at land—immediately. This incident shows his control of the elements (as does his walking on the sea). It also has an antitypical fulfillment (as does the earlier incident where he was asleep in the boat during the storm).
The same generous heart which had compassion upon the multitudes, declaring that they were as sheep having no shepherd, and following blind guides, and about to fall with them into the ditch of Israel’s great calamity, and who taught them, healed them and fed them, is the same yesterday, today and forever.