My house becomes a spiritual retreat of sorts on Saturday mornings. The world is reduced to the space between my walls and the knowledge revealed to me in prayer and scripture readings. This morning I was reading a familiar passage in the book of John—a story I’ve read and heard taught numerous times. In John 2, we are told the story of Jesus revealing his glory for the first time by changing water to wine. For many of us believers, this seems a curious way for our Messiah to introduce himself to the world. Why use your power in such a trivial way, saving newlyweds from embarrassment at their wedding reception? Certainly the Son of Man has larger concerns than this. Why choose this moment to stand in God’s glory?? But as is often the case with scripture reading, this story came across to me in a different way today. Repetition of the word “servants” (see below) began to stand out to me and then it came clear. This passage is to be read as yet another parable, and we are to put ourselves in the place of the nameless servants. We must do what Jesus tells us, without question. And when we do, He reveals himself to us. We are then to share what we know about Him (what we know to be so beautiful and glorious) with those who have never felt his glory!
John 2:5 — But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
John 2:7 — Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.”
John 2:8 — He said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.”
John 2:9 — When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over.