When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water,” so they filled them to the brim. – John 2:3&7
It is being widely circulated that due to the challenges of the times in which we live, food items, toiletries and many of the daily needs for survival will become scarce and stocking up is the order of the day. As a result, food store shelves are already becoming bare, prices are soaring and minds gripped with fear are far into the future as to what will be next!
So, what if you rush to the stores to cram the pantry shelves with what is suggested? How long is that going to last? Are we not at the time and place in our lives when total reliance on the word of God is, without doubt, relevant, that we are to ask for daily bread and not to take tomorrow, thoughts of what we shall wear, or eat? Remember, no matter how severe the famine may become, somewhere there is a barn filled to the roof with corn. In this case, we need direction to the barn and to know who is in charge of the barn, only to find out it is no less a person than our brother.
The story of Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana of Galilee is only recorded in the Gospel of John, apostle of Jesus. The key verse in this book is the well-known Bible memory verse: For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Weddings are not new – God sanctified it way back in the Garden of Eden when He declared that it was not good for man to be alone, and so doing brought Eve into his life. From that very humble beginning of two, today we have over seven billion people on planet Earth and COP26 in Glasgow is very concerned as to all the activities of human daily life, which to me, personally, I think is bringing about climate change.
So, the feastings and merriment of the occasion is marred due to the fact that there is no more wine. Among the invitees to the Cana wedding were Mary, her son Jesus, and a few of Jesus’ disciples. Empathy takes a hold of Mary and she tells her son that there was no more wine, to which Jesus said it was no concern of his! Mary, being not only mother, but a woman, commanded the wine bearers to do as Jesus tells them. In true parent-child relationship, Jesus tells the wine bearers to fill the water pots with water, and they did so 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.”
What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.
When Jesus spoke, there was a complete turnaround to adverse situations – whether it was ill health and even death, no finances, mental illness, injustice, social imbalance and lack of honor, punishing those who saw need as greed, rebuking those who knew better and had no empathy for mothers and children. Whatever the situation was then is now and forever will be. Why cry and sigh because the many holders of the wines of your life are empty and dry! Know you not that Jesus still lives and is able to replenish all that is dried up, drank, and eaten up. When was the last time, if ever, that you called out to him, in your time of need?
Who else but you, knows you? Talk to him today and tell him of your situation(s) and surely if you call in faith, he will answer you.
In the lyrics of Daniel Iverson’s hymn “Spirit of the Living God” – “Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me. Break me, melt me, mold me, fill me. Spirit of the Living God. Fall fresh on me.”