“And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.” John 2:3
These modest words led me to Jesus’ feet for meaning. There was lack, an acknowledgment of lack, and awareness brought to Jesus. In this case, the item desired is wine in the middle of a wedding, for some, it may be another legitimate need such as food, clothing, shelter, or companionship. Sometimes I believe the Lord waits for us to realize that we are lacking a thing and He is the only option to provide it. We become acclimated with the presenting problem, the people want and do not have. But why? If Jesus was there, why would God allow the people to want in the first place? When we want or desire something often we get up from our present position to see if we need to take further action to acquire that which we seek. What was Jesus response to their want?
“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do [it]. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare [it].”
At first, Jesus protested that His time had not yet come and He had no business in the matter but then He proceeded to give detailed instructions on how to satisfy the want of the people. What prompted Jesus to change His mind about helping at that time. Was it the want of the people and their faith? Or perhaps, an opportunity for God to be glorified which resulted in the peoples want being satisfied? It may be that a combination of faith, mingled with a confident request presented an opportune moment for God to be magnified and lack diminished. What ordinary instructions is Jesus calling us to follow so that he can diminish our want before the onlookers? Notice, they took vessels and filled them with ordinary water to the brim.
In the heat of the moment when we are spent of energy facing embarrassment and ruin, we are to look to Jesus for directives. Often He will call us to use something that has been in our reach all along but with His power and authority, the vessel being used becomes our means of obtaining a miracle. The obedience in filling the jars with water is not to be overlooked. What is Jesus telling us to do? I am learning the Bible so I cannot account for every act of Jesus, but I do know that many of the times prior to Jesus working a miracle He called the individuals to do something such as sit in groups while he distributed bread, or go and dip in the Jordan, or take up their mat. Often there are simple actions we must take in obedience to receive what we are seeking from God.
Think about the confidence in Jesus the servants must have had as they walked water to the governor boldly expecting there to be wine as the goblet greeted his lips. If doubt lingered within them, even fear when he ordered them to call the bridegroom surely they assumed it was pejorative in nature. To the contrary, the governor wanted to complement the host for such divine wine when he was expecting mediocre wine as is generally the custom once everyone is already merry. Consider the testimony the servants who filled the jars now had. How many souls could they confidently go win in Jesus name? It all started with a want, acknowledgment of the only Source of help, directions, and a miracle.
“This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” John 2:11
Brothers and sisters, this blog bleeds out of me as I have great want/need right now. I’ve acknowledged that Jesus is the only Source to supply said need. The only thing left for me to do per the text is to patiently, and attentively wait for instructions from Jesus, OBEY, and then receive the miracle. It is my prayer that this blog makes sense of the lack in our lives. Surely, God knows that we have needs. Indeed, He cares, but there is a process. It is important that we understand that God turning our water into wine is the beginning of what He wants to show us. His glory will manifest.
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