Water is wonderful. Water is essential. But what if the occasion calls for more? Not more water but something liquid that tickles the palate, refreshes the soul, and inspires a whole lot of giggles and dancing with joy? What if all you’ve got is water and the party will fall flat if you can’t supply the joy juice? What if its not just a party but a wedding and without it the celebration will be a huge disappointment? Mary, the mother of Jesus, overheard the kitchen help saying they had run out of wine and the wedding party was just warming up. Like every compassionate mother, matters not whose children they were, she was not about to let this faux pas go without intervention so she turned to her son, Jesus, to handle it. Every Jewish mother revels in their son’s accomplishments: “My son the brain surgeon.”. “My son the world’s greatest…” fill in the blank. But Mary knew she could have introduced Jesus as “My son, the Messiah. The very king of kings, creator of all that is and foretold by prophets of old to come and save us.”. She held this knowlege deep in her heart away from prying eyes but today she felt as his mother and guardian she could ask Him to step up and handle this problem of no libations at the wedding. Jesus said not yet mom, but she turned to the kitchen help and said do whatever He tells you to do. So Jesus shook His head, shrugged His shoulders, grinned, then told the servants to fill up all their large empty clay pots with water then serve the first drink to the master of ceremonies. With the first taste the tester proclaimed in astonishment and delight “It is customary for the wedding party to provide the most expensive wine at the beginning and then, when everyone is too drunk to notice, bring out the cheeper stuff but you have saved the best til last!”.
There is so much to learn and take away in this true story. You can find it in chapter 2 of the Gospel of John in the Bible. First, as I read it this week, I was reminded of the passage in the Bible, 2 Corinthians 4:7, where the apostle Paul says we have in this earthen vessel (our bodies) “this precious treasure (the divine light of the gospel) in (frail) human vessels of earth that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not ourselves.” (Amplified New Testament)
We are stewards of our bodies. Inside we have been gifted with talents, abilities, personalities–water–that will make ourselves and others happy and encouraged and meet needs. Remembering there is nothing we posess that we haven’t received from the hand of our gracious God, there is something we all lack without the intervention of Jesus. New wine. That is the Holy Spirit Jesus pours into our very being that creates the DNA link between us and God. The Holy Spirit empowers, comforts, corrects, guides, enables us to decode God’s truths found in the Bible. Apart from Jesus there is no filling with the Holy Spirit. No new wine. The very sweet truth is I can’t manufacture new wine from water. All I need to do is come to Jesus with my earthen jar full of water and ask Him to change me from the inside with His new wine. Sweet. To God be the glory!
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