SOS - I need help..
SOS - the International Morse code distress signal. “Save our Souls”; “Save our Ship” or “I need help!”
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” – John 2:5
“Guys, we can’t just stand around here doing nothing. His mom said whatever he asks us to do, we should do it. She’s out there waiting you know, and so are the guests.” Sophia said.
With a slight hesitation in his voice Malik turned to the other three and said, “he has asked us to fill jars with water how hard can that be?”
“I’m really not sure about this… Do we even have that much water?” Thomas replied.
Sophia pushed past her three scruffy companions, deciding to make herself the leader of the pack, she issued out her instruction firm and clear and said, “Right, come on Jade and Malik, we can’t wait forever for Thomas to make his mind up while the master waits. Quick, help me move these six stone jars to the other side of the room.”
Sophia, Jade and Malik lifted the large thirty-gallon jars close to a water source at the far-right side of the room.
“Great! now let’s go ahead and fill them with water to the brim, as we have been instructed.” Sofia added.
Snubbing Sophia’s tough stance and stepping right in front of her, Thomas interrupted, “Are you serious?” He asked.
“Do you know how much water that would take? There are six large jars to fill. And it should be wine people! Wine! Not water. This could get us all fired.”
“And…. let us not forget these jars could be for… ceremonial washing!” Thomas added.
Unable to dissuade his three peers, Thomas nervously stood by biting at his finger nails as Sophia, Malik and Jade filled the large jars with water. When the jars had been filled to the top, the mighty one walked in. He told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
Staring at each other in panic, and then nagging each at other with their shoulders the three entered a “you do it”, “no, you do it...” dance. Thomas wouldn’t even dare look up at them lest he be considered for the task.
Finally, Sophia stepped forward and said, “Fine, I will do it!”
“I can’t watch, this could really end badly for us all…” Thomas said.
Sophia picked up a brass cup from a nearby table and stood to draw the shadowed liquid out of one of the large jars. She inhaled loudly, sighed and then said, “I am not going to look…”
She took five calculated steps to the table where the master of the banquet was seated waiting along with other important guests and placed the cup in front of him.
Without looking up at her or the cup, the master of the banquet picked up the brass cup and drunk from it.
“Wow! That is by far the best tasting wine I have ever drunk in my life!” the master shouted with great delight. Looking up to see where the wine had come from, he could neither see the four servants nor the mighty one.
The four servants now stood behind a curtain with their hands held tightly on their mouths unable to fathom the extent of what had just happened before their very eyes.
Then he called the bridegroom aside 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.”
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.
Which of the four characters from this story are you mostly like?
Let us use some test questions to find out:
If you saw a burning bush would you run away or walk toward it?
If a voice asked you to sacrifice your only son, would you obey the very next day?
If a man rubbed spit and dirt on your eyes would you accept that as the healing for your blindness and not spit back on him?
If you were instructed to pull a fish from the lake and that in it would be three coins to pay your bills would you go fishing?
In this bible story from John 2, we see how obedience through faith in a time of need can produce provision when we invite Jesus in.
This story about how Jesus turned water into wine is often read to children as they begin to learn about Jesus in their foundation of faith. It is often referred to as Jesus’s first miracle.
✓There was a lack of wine at the wedding in Cana – A need.
✓Jesus instructed the servants on how to go about solving the need and they did exactly as they were told – Obedience.
✓The wedding was amply supplied with the best wine yet – Abundant provision.
So, we find that not only is this story in John 2 the first of Jesus’s miracles, it is also about faith in God as our provider. When we invite Jesus into our lives and are willing to obey – He will turn our water into wine.
Jesus is able to perform a miracle in our lives through which his glory will be revealed to us and to those around us in ways we could never imagine.
Do you have a need? A situation that seems impossible? An SOS call for help?
“..Let your requests be made known to God..” - Philippians 4:6
“..God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think ..” - Ephesians 3:20
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord.." Psalms 121
Friends, whatever he is asking you to do…. Do it.
Jesus turns water into Wine: John 2:1-12