Water Turned to Wine
John 2:1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
Maybe you, like me are wondering, “What is the big deal about the wine?” When we run out, we run out, the party is over. Not the case in these days, to be unprepared in the area of hospitality was like breaking an unwritten law. Your family would be shamed and humiliated. Your wedding would be remembered as, that wedding. To the family this was a big deal.
Mary seemed to think that Jesus, her oldest son, could do something to help. I have to wonder, did she know this would be the moment of His first miracle?
Yet, His answer to her is this –
John2:4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”
Mary’s life was filled with moments of joy and moments that would pierce her heart. I believe that this moment was a heart piercing.
Her beloved son calls her woman, not mother. A shift is beginning to happen in Jesus’ life. He is going on a journey and no one will be able to go with Him to the end, even His beloved mother.
John 2:6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.
What a strange request. These were some big pots, normally used for ceremonial washing. When people would come in to eat, they would wash themselves to cleanse themselves from all of the unclean things they had touched throughout their day.
What a neat practice. Our days can bombard us, covering us with all kinds of yuck, physically, emotionally and spiritually. What if we pause, before we walk in the door of our homes and clean ourselves off emotionally and spiritually?
How could that make a difference in how we treat the most important people in our lives, our family?
John 2:8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. 9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
The host was amazed to see that out of those big water pots came the finest wine. Traditionally the best was served first and after people had ate and drank for a while, out came the cheap wine. We will see that Jesus is never afraid to break tradition.
He longs to fill our pots with the best wine, not cheap imitations. When we throw out the cheap wine in our lives, we have room for the best wine, Jesus.
You can listen to Lesson 3 here: LOVED Lesson 3 – Miracle