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April 5: “Fill the Jars with Water…”

April 5th, 2019

 

Scripture: John 2:1-12 (NIV)

2 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, 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.”

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. 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.”

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. 12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.

 

Reflection Poem

The Dry Place

Have you ever been to the dry place?
Have you ever looked up
On the cusp of giving up
And journeyed to the asking God why place?
Have you ever been,
To the dry place?

In between a miracle,
And just being plain miserable
In between a miracle,
And the questioning of all things spiritual,
In between a miracle,
And a desperate midnight cry,
Have you ever found yourself in between,
In between the water, and the wine?
Empty, but yearning to be filled,
Hands clasped in postures of prayer,
Postures of prayer clasped in the hands of God
The hands of God clasped around tears
Tears clasped around cheekbones
Cheekbones clasped around soul
Soul clasped around the very slowness of time,
Have you ever been to the place,
Where you needed Jesus to turn water into wine?
And perhaps the most glorious place in this life,
Is the place where our empty cups
Are placed in the hands of our generous Christ,
And to hear him say to this world,
And to the very hands of time,
I am Life,
And I am the Lord of the vine.
To hear him say,
With truth and grace,
Bring me that which you have,
No matter how dirty,
No matter how broken,
No matter how seemingly useless,
No matter how tattered,
Broken
Bruised
Or shattered
From the first
To the least
To the last
Loosen your grasp
And bring me that which you have

Because I am your Christ,
The one who has been to the dry place,
To the cross,
To the tomb,
To the empty asking God why place,
I am the one who turns water into wine,
And I, have been to the dry place

 

Reflection Questions

  • Are there any places in your life that currently feel empty or dry? 
  • What would it look like to turn those places over to Jesus, the one who turns water into wine? 
  • If you’re living in a place of abundance, how can you begin to see Jesus as the one who supplies you with the life you enjoy? 

 

Soul Care Practice

Morning
Become aware of God’s loving presence and imagine Jesus saying these words to you: “Fill the jars with water…” Talk with Jesus about any thoughts, reflections, challenges, and emotions that come up within you. How can you embody these words and follow Christ in your home, neighborhood, and workplace?

Evening
Read Jesus’ words again slowly: “Fill the jars with water.” How did these words shape and guide you today? Pray your thoughts, desires, needs, struggles, and joys from today. As you go to bed, rest in God’s presence.

 

Blessing

“The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10).

 

Written by Mark Chase, Lead LifeGroups Pastor