In the first 4 verses of John 2:1-11 we run straight into the problem of modern Christianity. When life’s party loses steam, We see Jesus as the great magician who can zap all problems away. This creates two new problems.

  • First, We miss the potential benefit of trials.
  • Second, We judge Jesus as absent (or indifferent) when the problem persist.
  • Sometimes the problem is invasive (mold, cancer, divorce) and we want it gone. Sometimes the problem is distance (We can’t quite reach what we want) and we get tired.
    [x_blockquote cite=”Ariel – seventh princess of the underwater kingdom of Merfolk (aka. Disney’s Little Mermaid)” type=”left”]Look at this stuff. Isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete… I want more![/x_blockquote]
    We all touch the edge in some way. We Long for what feels out of reach. When our best efforts fail we turn to Christ. This is when things go sideways. Instead of confessing our striving and dissatisfaction, we plead with God to change the substance, circumstance, people, time, finances etc. We plead with God to make fins into legs, to make water be wine. Yes, God can change substances. He made it. He made us. But this miraculous substance changing power is not the point of John 2:1-11. In fact, it’s the opposite. Jesus shows what he can “make” to demonstrate what he will “destroy”.

    When we arrive at verses 6-11 we discover that God’s love for us goes FAR beyond fixing our loss. The water in the story comes from wash basins. Imagine a bucket under your kitchen sink that catches all the gunk. This vessel of gunk water becomes the object lesson for sin and death. When Jesus said in verse 4 “his hour had not yet come”, He was referring to His coming death on the Cross. At that hour Jesus would be the sufficient (ONCE AND FOR ALL) substance changing sacrifice for our Heart Soul and Mind. Apart from Christ We are the vessels of wrath, In Christ, We are the gunk water made into the best wine!

    There is no rabbit hole you can travel that’s beyond the reconciling power of God’s Love. But this hope requires you acknowledge the darkness of your rebellion, and Christ blood as the only means of restoration!

    Questions –

  • How do you respond when the wine runs out?
  • What is God doing in your life through loss?
  • The jars are filed to the brim. Is there any part of the contents unchanged?
  • [x_blockquote cite=”John 2:1-11  ” type=”left”]On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples.  3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”  4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”  5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”  6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.1  7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.  8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it.  9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom  10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.”  11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
    [x_blockquote cite=”Revelation 19:6-8 ” type=”left”]Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; 8 it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”[/x_blockquote]
    [x_blockquote cite=”2 Corinthians 4:7-10″ type=”left”]7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.  8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;  9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;  10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.[/x_blockquote]