Fill The Jars With Water

John 2:1-11

“Fill the jars with water”

John’s account of the miracle of water turned to wine is so delightful and simple that I thought it best to include it in its entirety, though it will make up half of today’s post:

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” John 2:1-11

“Fill the jars with water.” – The remarkable thing about these words of Jesus is that they are so unremarkable. He does not ask the servants to do anything out of the ordinary in order to facilitate the miracle, he simply asks them to do something that they had probably done dozens of times before. This miraculous transformation of ordinary water into extraordinary wine has nothing to do with the servants, or the jars, or the water, and has everything to do with Jesus – his power, his compassion, his grace.

“Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” – There is no dramatic fanfare in the execution of this miracle. Only the servants and the disciples know what has just taken place. Jesus keeps himself out of the spotlight and sends the servants to discretely deliver the wine to the Master of the Banquet, so that he can then distribute it to the guests. When the Master of the Banquet tastes the new wine, he marvels at its quality, not knowing anything about its origin. But his honest and unsolicited praise is actually a testimony to the nature and character of Jesus, who does all things well.

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