DayBreaks for 09/10/13 – What the Servants Knew
NOTE: Galen is on vacation this week. DayBreaks this week are from the archives, September 2003:
John 2:1-9 – 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 “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 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.
Some time ago now, I heard a brother, Phil Claycomb, give a devotion on this passage of scripture, and he pointed out something I’d never noticed before. You know the story about the turning of the water into wine. Jesus tried to avoid the situation, even replying to his mother that he didn’t really want to be involved, but in typical motherly fashion, she proceeded to get him involved anyway, telling the servants to do anything he asked them to do. So, Jesus told the servants to fill the jars with water and take them to the master of the banquet to sample the wine before it would be served. The master was dumbfounded that the wine was the best. But here’s the key: the master didn’t know where the wine came from, but the servants did.
Phil made the point that the master didn’t realize a miracle had taken place. As far as he knew, it was just wine that had been bought or fermented and brought to the wedding. But the servants knew it had just been water – and now it was excellent wine! The servants knew a miracle had occurred. It isn’t clear that anyone else at the wedding, except perhaps Mary and Jesus himself, knew a miracle had taken place.
Sometimes we may feel that God isn’t working. Sometimes we don’t see the miracles that take place every day. But those who are serving, who are truly servants, are privileged to see the miraculous hand of God at work daily.
Seen any miracles lately?
PRAYER: We don’t much like the idea of being servants in our human hearts, Lord. We’d rather be the master or someone other than a servant! But we know you have called us to serve! May we do so joyfully, and expectantly! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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