In John, Chapter 2; it speaks of a wedding in which Jesus, his disciples, and his mother was invited. Early in the chapter Mary came up to Jesus and told Him that they were out of wine. After asking Mary basically “What does this have to do with me?” He tells her “my hour has not yet come.” With that, Mary tells the servants “Do whatever he tells you.”
This makes me laugh because we constantly tell God what he needs to do. We always seem to know the best timing for everything; Yet God has it under control. But I love how Mary just moves right along with her idea and tells the servants that they need to do whatever He says.
This is when Jesus tells the servants to fill the ceremonial washing jars with water. These jars were not small; they each held about twenty to thirty gallons. After they obeyed, He tells them to take the wine to the master of the feast, the head waiter some versions call it. The master of the feast is amazed that the best wine was served later in the evening, so amazed that he approaches the bridegroom about it. He tells the bridegroom “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.”
The thing that strikes me about this is that when Jesus performs this miracle of changing water into wine, it’s done in the background. Jesus didn’t call the entire wedding to see this miracle take place. He didn’t even call the bride and bridegroom over, He just simply told the servants what to do. By telling the servants to fill these ceremonial jars with water, they took part in the miracle. They saw the transformation of no wine, to water, to the best wine yet, all poured by their hands.
Then after the servants not only saw this miracle happen, but played a role in it the bible goes on to say “and his disciples believed in him.” The NIV says “and his disciples put their faith in him.” What about the servants? If I were one of them, I would have put quit my job and followed Jesus right out of Cana. It goes to show you that just because someone is a witness to the glory of God, perhaps even in their own life, it doesn’t mean that they will believe in Him or put their faith in Him. So many times I am amazed at the miracle that just transpired yet people go back to life as if it were not different than the day before. Because Jesus used the ceremonial jars to hold this wine, every time the servants saw them or went to use them, they had to be reminded of that miracle. I wonder how that affected them over time. I wonder if they just forgot that the miracle even happened or did it make them want to see more of Jesus?