John 2 ( MSG)
From Water to Wine
1-3 Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus and his disciples were guests also. When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, “They’re just about out of wine.” 4Jesus said, “Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn’t my time. Don’t push me.” 5She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.” 6-7 Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim. 8″Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did. 9-10 When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!” 11This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him. 12After this he went down to Capernaum along with his mother, brothers, and disciples, and stayed several days.
In our Beth Moore study we looked at this scripture. I then drew this one evening. I used 3 stoneware jugs (rather than 6) to show size more than quantity.Jesus is standing in the background, “turning the water into wine.” Pastor Ty commented on the fact that Mary said, ” whatever he tells you, do it!” I began to think about this for myself. Do I do what Jesus tells me to do? Whatever he tells me to? No. Why? I could give you a list of reasons, but I won’t. We all have those lists, don’t we? But what holds me back? I was reading a document written by Theophilus, an early Christian writer, and in it he was writing to someone about how magnificent God is. He also commented to the reader, that perhaps the reader didn’t see the magnificence of God because he was yet UNSERVICEABLE to God. In other words, he had a hard heart. I never thought of myself being “serviceable” or “unserviceable” to God. But it’s true, isn’t it? When we don’t do what he tells us to do, aren’t we like an empty vessel? Unserviceable.
John felt the need to write IN DETAIL about these jugs. They were STONE jugs. In doing some research, a friend sent me some information on what these jugs may have looked like. http://www.facingthechallenge.org/stonejars.php Go here to read more! Think about the size of the jug….scripture says that they were 20-30 gallons apiece and there were 6 of them. So that’s about 180 gallons of wine! A lot of wine for a wedding! After some discussion on this with the ladies study group, my friend Betsy thought that this was showing us ABUNDANCE. When we follow Christ and we are obedient He blesses us to the full, just like these jugs were filled to the full after Jesus turned the water into wine. Christ’s love for us is all consuming, neverending and ABUNDANT!
Be a blessing!