When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), …
(This is a part of my Bible Study series “A Pursuit of the Spirit of Christ)
Though we can see it as an embarrassment, to run out of wine at a wedding party was no major catastrophe. Miscalculations and over-indulgences are typical factors of life. Having special vessels or other objects set aside for religious ceremonies is nothing new either. Nothing lives without water. And when the good wine is gone, the prudent will stop drinking while the foolish will drink the worst of the beverage. Jesus came to save our souls. Rescuing wedding receptions from disaster by misusing holy things with a common element so people can keep drinking doesn’t seem to fit his mission. “Woman, what does your concern have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”
The woman who brings this problem to Jesus is his mother, Mary. Despite his words, the Son heeds the intercession of his mother as written in the law of his culture. As he is Holy, he uses the jars of purification to house the miracle. The material for the miracle is water no different from for drinking for sustenance. But, because Jesus gives directions to the servants and they follow them, what was ordinary has now become extraordinary. Not only does the ordinary become extraordinary for the sake of it’s making. This best wine is given when there was no hope for anything better. When guest would have either exercised prudence or wallowed in drunkenness. And it was the obedient servants who were the active participants in this change.
Yes, we should have others to pray for us as we seek Jesus for ourselves. Our Lord is merciful in our times of miscalculations and over-indulgences. He can use the best and the base of what we are to enliven us in ways that are unexpected. Something greater can be made from us that will give new hope and direction to those around us. All we have to do is obey his uncomplicated directions.