Faith shown through obedience.
The closest thing to a whine that Jesus ever does. And it is about being out of wine.
“On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there,2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman,[a] why do you involve me?”Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”’
Mary his mom says, “Son, they are out of wine,”
Jesus replies “Ah ma!? Do I have to? It isn’t my time yet…”
“Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b]
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”’
Jesus turned what was plain water used for washing into the best wine of the day. No magic wand. No hocus pocus. The creator created.
The party was out of wine and Jesus told the servants to get water. They obeyed. Then he told them to take the beverage to the master of the banquet. At what point did the change take place? Before he dipped? As he walked to the front of the party?
Has Jesus asked us to do things that don’t seem connected to our current struggles? Obedience shows our faith.
We’re the servants caring the water jugs grumbling all the way to the well? What about all the way back caring a jar of water. Water weighs about 8.34 lbs per gallon. These jars holding 20-30 gallons each were about 167-250 lbs. there were 6 jars. So were they grumbling or were they saying “it’s stupid but I believe” like Susan on Miracle on 34th street.
Then Jesus had them take the sample up to the MC of the party.
Faith and obedience rewarded.
Abraham took his son and headed up a hill to sacrifice him. He built the fire pile, tied Isaac up, laid him on the altar and drew his knife. None of that made sense but Abraham was obedient. God said “Stop!” Faith shown in obedience. God provided a ram, caught in the bushes nearby.
“11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.”
Jesus filled a need. At the party and in the hearts of his followers.
Am I feeling empty? Have I run dry? Do i continue to do what’s in front of me. Do I follow orders? Do I ask for refilling or just assume I’ll stay empty?
And what about you?