August 16, 2021 – John 2: 8-11 – Serve Somebody

Today we are going to look at John 2: 8-11:

8 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. 9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

In today’s reading, we see one of the stories that we know best, Jesus’ first miracle.  Here see Him turning water into wine. There are a lot of ways that we can look at this passage; we can see Jesus’ love of Mary and her role in this moment, we can the importance of the wedding ceremony in the Jewish culture and significant it then is when scriptures talk about the church as the bride of Christ. There are many ways that we could focus on this passage.  

But when I read this passage, I’m always drawn to the contrast here. There are two groups of people that this passage shows us.  There is the group that has no idea what is happening, the group that has no idea what Jesus is doing and what Jesus is up to. And then there is the group that perfectly understands and sees what Jesus is doing. 

The steward and groom, they don’t know what is happening. Why is the best wine being used now? They are unaware of the miracle that had just happened. But the servants, scripture tells us, they knew what had happened. They knew what Jesus had done. 

Why did the servants know and the folks in charge not know? One group was serving, one group wasn’t. The scripture tells us that the servants knew what Jesus was doing. They saw his plan, and they helped in it. They saw the mystery and the wonder of God because they were serving. 

Today, if you want to see the mystery and the wonder of God, if you want to see the miracles fall from God’s hand, if you want to truly see the power of God, the joy of God, the majesty of God, you have to be like the folks in this passage.  

You have to serve somebody. Today, may we all see the power, the wonder, and the glory of God. Today, may we all serve somebody.  

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