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Water of Availability + Wine of Obedience = Wonder of Transformation


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1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2 And both Jesus was called, and His disciples, to the marriage. 3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto Him, “They have no wine.”
4 Jesus saith unto her, “Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come.”
5 His mother saith unto the servants, “Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.”
6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. 7 Jesus saith unto them, “Fill the waterpots with water.”
And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He saith unto them, “Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast.”
And they bare it.
9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, 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.” ~ John 2:1-10

Let’s take a quick look at this popular Bible story, and see what it tells us about the heart of God.

“….both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage…”

In the midst of this celebration of life, someone took the time to call for Jesus. He wasn’t just invited, he was summoned. Someone when out of their way to make sure Jesus came to the party; that says a lot about how Jesus was viewed by the people who knew him, even before His ministry had fully begun.

It also hints to us how we are to call on Jesus in our every day life; don’t just invite Jesus casually, if He has the time. Call him, entreat Him, let Him know it matters to You that He shows up. And don’t forget to invite Him to the parties in your life. We’re quick to call on God when we are in need,but how often do we ask Him to join us for a celebration? He’s willing, if you’re wanting Him.

“And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.”

I love how John records this. When a need arose, Mary knew who to go to. And she didn’t boss Him into a particular action; she never suggests that He should miraculously turn the water into wine. All she knew was that there was a need, and that her Jesus could meet that need. Her statement is full of expectation; she doesn’t expect that she needs to do anything more than mention that there’s an opportunity to act.

This is the same eager expectation of the woman with the issue of blood (Matthew 9:19-21) and the lame beggar at the temple gate (Acts 3:1-9). When you make a need known to God, don’t be tremulous and uncertain – look to Him with eager expectation.

“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.”

This passage can be a confusing one; it seems Jesus is rebuking His mother. But it’s important to note that God has a timing to everything; sometimes when we bring Him a need, He gently reminds us of this. Sometimes He goes on to say “Not yet” or “No, I have something better planned.” But be sure of this: He will always answer an honest plea.

“His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”

This is the kind of boldness we are encouraged to show when we ask of God; she did not get a “No” from her Lord, so she proceeds with confidence. She doesn’t command or demand; she merely instructs the attendants to obey Jesus in whatever He tells them to do next. Faith always acts in obedience, never clamoring or quivering with fear. Faith calls for action, and that action must always be in accordance with God’s instructions.

“Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water.”

Here’s where things get exciting!! In spite of His statement that His time had not yet come, Jesus acts. Faith and obedience have won their way into the heart of God, and He is pleased to respond. There are few things God loves more than to be trusted; He is ever so responsive when we submit ourselves entirely to Him and are willing to act in obedience!

“And they filled them up to the brim”

"Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water." ~ John 4:10

“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” ~ John 4:10

When God tells you to move, you do what He tells you, no matter how odd the command may seem. Surely the servants couldn’t know why they were being told to fill the water pots; Jesus had never turned water to wine before, so this order must have seemed hopelessly random. But they were told to obey – and boy, did they! They not only did as they were commanded, they fulfilled their task to the uttermost – filling the pots to the very brim.

Hauling water is hard work; surely they could have stopped a bit short and not have broken the command. But they were obedient to the fullest extent of their ability – and the reward was commensurate with their efforts.

“And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it”

And the final act of total obedience – they were to bear their gift to the master of the assembly. Now, no one knew more than those servants that those jars were full of nothing but water – they had just filled them! Their acts of service, which till now had been enacted in private, were about to be made very public; and guests at a wedding would not take kindly to being served water instead of wine. But they bore the wine anyway.

Can any of us claim to have that kind of courage today? At home? In our church? At work or in the grocery store?

“When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, 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.”

The final scene, the drum-roll—and what a climax! Faith has called for help; God has been moved into action; obedience has been worked out and the fruit has been brought forth for all to see. And how does it turn out? Not only is the water now wine, it is the best wine anyone has yet tasted! It’s so good the emcee has called the groom out and honored him before the whole crowd. Everyone has a wonderful wedding, and Mary’s faith has blossomed into the very first occasion on which Jesus performed a miracle.

Do we dare have that kind of faith? What kind of doors would God open in our homes and workplaces if we simply approached Him with eager expectation and held nothing back in obedience when He directs our steps?

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” ~ Luke 6:13

~ contributed by Joelle Heilemann

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