Wine and Water

In John chapter 2, we find Jesus attending a wedding when something really embarrassing happens, not to Him, but to the host.  They run out of wine.  Quick cultural context: wine was the drink of choice for the people of this region at this time.  By and large, water was unsafe to drink, as it most of the time it contained all kinds of bacteria and whatnot that made people pretty sick.  In any event, they ran out of wine, which I imagine was as bad as running of of food.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, tells Him of the problem and after some hemming and hawing, Jesus begins to put a plan into action.  John 2:6-10 gives us the play-by-play: “Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.  Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’; so they filled them 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.'”

Jesus turned the bacteria filled, ceremonial washing, water into some pretty awesome wine.  It seems that Jesus is in the business of turning undesirable things into the preferred choice:

Psalm 30:11 “You have turned my wailing into dancing; you have  removed my sackcloth and filled me with joy.”

What circumstances are in your life that are like bacteria filled water, that I can pray with you to be turned into wine?


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