Conservative churches that discourage or ban use of alcoholic beverages are bewildered at the production of wine as Jesus’ first miracle. Such churches have sometimes insisted that the wine in John 2 was nonalcoholic, despite the wedding guests’ unusual delight and appreciation of it. Surely, Jesus did make very good wine, yet not hint of alcoholic abuse clouds this account. Everything in God’s creation can be misused, including fermented beverage. Nowhere does the Bible forbid use of alcohol, only the misuse of it. Truly, this miracle of water into wine happens every growing season in the “miracle” of grapes and other crops. The miracle in John 2 came when Jesus did nature’s work instantly, without the use of the natural process.
JOHN 2:10- And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.