Friday, October 5, 2012

John 2:5-6 “His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’  Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.”

These verses are part of the story in which Jesus turns water to wine at a wedding.  The thing that struck me first when I read this passage was this statement of Mary’s.  How easy is that instruction?  All we have to do is follow directions from Him and he will take care of the rest.  I know I am guilty of making things harder than they need to be.  Some things seem so simple and it just can’t be that easy in my mind.  Then there are the purification jars ... I never realized that the jars used to hold the wine were for purification in the Jewish tradition.  Jesus takes those jars and uses them to bring communion and celebration to the wedding.  He takes the old and turns it into something new and better.  Is it ironic that he uses the water in purification jars and turns it to wine in purification jars?  Then just a few years later he uses wine to symbolize his blood being given for the purification of our sins?  He takes the mundane and makes it holy.  He asks us to do mundane things at times but he uses those tasks to do holy things.  Draw some water and fill up the water jugs.  Allow Him to use those simple things to his glory.

You ask us to love.  You ask us to listen and follow.  These things seem so easy but we still struggle to do as you ask.  Help us realize the mundane things we are led to do are simply a means to an end.  You know the plan, help us follow your guidance and trust in you.  Help us to love, listen and follow.  Amen.