“The next day Jesus’ mother was a guest at a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother spoke to him about the problem. “They have no more wine,” she told him. “How does that concern me?’” Jesus asked. “My time has not yet come”. But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you”. Six stone waterpots were standing there; they were used for the purification ceremonial purposes and held twenty to thirty gallons each. Jesus told the servants to fill the jars with water, and when the jars had been filled to the brim, he said, “dip some
out and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So they followed his instructions.
When the master of ceremonies tasted the water, that had turned to wine, and not knowing where it had come from, (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “Usually a host serves the best wine first, then when everyone is full and doesn’t care, he brings out the less expensive wines. But you have kept the best until now!” This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was Jesus’ first display of his glory. John 2:1-11
As we launch into our 21 days of prayer, it’s so poignant that we would choose to pray through the book of John. You see the book of John is a firsthand eyewitness account of the life of Christ. John Piper proposes that this gospel is largely governed by verse 1:14, which states, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and WE have seen His GLORY, glory as of the only Son from the Father full of grace and truth”. “I think John wrote this gospel so that WE, TODAY, could be included in that amazing privilege of seeing His glory!” This gospel proclaims the glory of God in every word! And we see from chapter one that there is a source of glory and an object to our faith; and it is found in Jesus Christ. And here in this account of the first recorded miracle of Christ, we see John telling us it was Jesus’ first display of Glory! Jesus didn’t just turn water into wine in any ordinary jars. These jars were used in the rituals of purification. Rigid ritual requirements were a part of everyday life for a Jewish family, including purification. Because of Jesus we are no longer made pure by following a ritual like washing; but we are washed clean through the blood of Christ!
Has prayer become just a ritual for you?
Ask the Lord to take your simple act in coming to Him in prayer and change it. Ask the Lord to pour His miraculous power and presence into your prayer life. These stone jars would have held standing water for the purpose of purification. But this account tells us that these jars were empty! Perhaps you’ve been leading a life empty of any kind of intentional prayer time. Connect with the Lord today! Celebrate!… for He will serve you the best that can be found! Pray that in your time with Him, and as a result of your time with Him, you might be given the amazing privilege of seeing His glory!