John 2 MSG:
5 She 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!”
11 This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
I’ve been thinking about this verse for a while now. So much so that it’s been a screenshot in my phone gallery for months. I was reading it again today and it made me think.
1. How weird would it be to fill pitchers with water knowing that you’re out of wine? Unless the people at the party were EXTREMELY drunk–you wouldn’t be able to fool someone into thinking your water was actually wine. Even though looking back in time we know Jesus was capable of all sorts of miracles–these people weren’t aware. It would have taken a lot of faith to fill a pitcher with water–and carry it across the room–and look down right before you pass it to the host–and see it was still clear, regular, water.
2. In the Message (MSG) version it says clearly that these pitchers were used for washing–not for drinking. I never noticed this before.
Today after re-reading this verse I’m left with this one thought: Maybe God makes you carry your normal, “boring”, old, dirty bath-water, life because He knows that it is in the journey–the walking out, you will be transformed. You don’t see it. Perhaps you feel foolish even because you see the old-state, but while everyone else is expecting the “cheap stuff”, the old, broken, former state of your life, God has the last laugh. One look at you, one “taste” of you and no-one can question that God has saved the best for now–the best version of you. The new creation.
So how about today, instead of focusing on the dirt, the former things, the things we are still waiting for a breakthrough on, we listen to Mary who said “Whatever He tells you to do, do it”. Maybe then, through the journey, you will see a glimpse of His glory through you.
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