Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. (Joh 2:6-8 NKJV)
“…About My Father’s Business…”
Jesus tells those around Him to make an investment in the stone water pots used for washing. What could appear more ridiculous than filling up the wash pots with water? The need was for wine not water. Furthermore these Water containers are for washing not food preparation. What will the health department say?
“Fill the water pots with water.” How full is full? Dumb question perhaps, but I know that when it comes to instructions that I find a bit dubious, I am not motivated to be very thorough. These folks filled the pots to the brim. These pots were full of Water. There was no room for grape concentrate to be added, no room for tricks. Just water, it was all they had. It was all they needed.
“Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.”
Talk about difficult instructions, I don’t do so well in these situations. What do you do when the word of God makes no sense? This had to have them all a little on edge. Perhaps they went along with it expecting a prank on the governor of the feast, perhaps they simply had no other options, At any rate, they did what was asked.
At the command of Christ, they invested what they had (water) in dubious containers (stone water pots) without guaranteed results. When it was all said and done, only the servants and the disciples were aware of the miracle. It was done quietly and for a purpose. It was a faith builder for those involved and the problem of a shortage was not broadcast to the guests at the wedding.
Not much of a way for Jesus to make a splash or launch a public ministry. Why did He do this so quietly? He was about His Father’s business. His Father’s business is restoration, redemption and healing. He did not expose the family’s poor planning or their inadequacy. To publicize this miracle would have involved shaming this family. Jesus was about the Father’s business and His greatness is complete and unique. It doesn’t need to be contrasted with another’s shabby work to be dazzling. It is good and it is complete with or without man’s approval.
This miracle is actually a source of great comfort to me. It gives a graphic example of Jesus’ work in my own life. He has invested in the common stone water pot that is me and it is His investment and work on the inside that enables anything sweet or joyful to be drawn out and distributed to others. I am also encouraged by the grace of our Lord Jesus that He turned the entire contents of the stone pots to wine.
This whole story has echoes of the passage, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2Co 5:17 NKJV) There was no longer water in the stone pots, it had become wine. The same miracle continues today, for Jesus is still about His Father’s business. Because of this, I too can be about my Father’s Business. When life’s demands and relationships draw from me, what do they get, “wine” or “water?”