Friday, March 8, 2019
Full reading – John 2:1-11
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 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 10 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.”
This is the first recorded miracle of Jesus at the wedding feast at Cana. Do you think Jesus was really concerned about the host running out of wine? We know his mother tried to intervene on behalf of the host. What was so important about this?
This event marks the beginning of Jesus’ ministry of change. If we look at it from the perspective of the water in the jugs, the water has no choice to say “I don’t want to be wine.” The water doesn’t decide it wants to stay living in the jug. The water doesn’t say: “Not listening, Not listening.” It doesn’t matter to the water that it’s nature is changed. The water has nothing better to do with its life. But it is transformed, made different. It is made better. It is made more appealing and useful. And this is what Jesus’ whole purpose for us is. Change. From who we are (or were) into who He wants us to be. The difference between us and the water is He has given us a free will to decide or not to change. So unlike the water in the jugs, we can ignore the call of Jesus for change in our lives. We can decide we like it better in the muck and mire (remember the prodigal son?). We can seemingly choose what parts of us we will let Jesus change and what parts we hide in our closet, shut the door, and say “You’re not allowed in there”.
Can we just willingly surrender to the change Jesus wants to make in our lives? It really isn’t that hard, it might be a little scary, but like the disciples in the boat learned, that in the midst of the worst storm, Jesus will be there to bring calm and peace. We will be better because we will be touched by the hand of the Almighty God, the peace giver, and we will become better, more useful, more appealing, more like Him. Would we rather be stuck in a jug like water, or would we rather be poured out in a useful way?
PRAYER: I want to be used by You, so I open myself up to You. I invite You, Lord Jesus to change me from water to wine. I don’t want to be stuck where I am, but to come out and experience all You have for me. I leave my self-willed pride and hardness and look to You to change my heart of stone into a moldable heart of flesh, full of compassion and mercy. A heart like Yours. AMEN