Scripture Reading: Joshua 19:1-21:19 / John 2:1-25 / Psalm 54:1-7
Miracles…they still happen today! It is wonderful when God reaches into our lives and does a miracle for us but an even greater joy is when God uses us to be a part of someone else’s miracle! Jesus was about to perform His very first public miracle but there were some servants who played an important part in the miracle. All they had to do was…”Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5)
Jesus was invited to a wedding and on the third day, they ran out of wine. According to Jewish customs, weddings began on a Wednesday or Thursday and at times lasted a week. The groom and his friends would make their way to the bride’s house at night with a spectacular torchlight procession. The groom would then take the bride and wedding party to his house where the wedding banquet was held.
To run out of wine was great public embarrassment for the groom. He was to have an adequate and abundant supply food and drink. We do not know the relationship between the groom/bride and Christ’s family but Mary was concerned about the situation and informed Jesus, “They have no more wine.” (vs.3)
Mary desired Christ’s intervention and wanted Him to do something. She was prodding Jesus and leaning on Him. Mary thought Jesus should intervene. Perhaps she thought He could send disciples for wine or maybe she was asking Jesus to supernaturally intervene. Christ’s response makes us believe she was asking for a miracle, “Dear woman, why do you involve me? My time has not yet come.”
It was not time for Christ to be exalted as the Messiah or for Him to publicly display God’s power. We see Jesus did intervene but He did not physically participate in the miracle. Mary responded to Jesus by addressing the servants and telling them “Do whatever he tells you.” She expected Jesus to do something…how can you argue against you mother and your Heavenly Father?
What was Jesus to do? Jesus saw six stone water jars that were used for Jewish ceremonial washing and each of them held between 20 and 30 gallons. Jesus then told the servants, “Fill the jars with water”. (vs.7) Filling the jars was not a difficult task and only took simple obedience. This was easy…so the servants filled them to the brim! Often times the things God asks of us are not difficult or challenging. Those small things make the miracles possible!
Jesus then instructed the servants, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” (vs.7) What would you do? They knew it was just water and serving it to the master of the banquet would put them in risk of imprisonment or even death for humiliating their master. They obeyed Jesus and a transformation took place. Jesus took the water and changed it into wine! The directives of God for our lives are not insignificant or negotiable. Whatever He asks…just do it!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!