Poured, Filled, and Delivered

Text: John 2:1-11 Key: v.7 In today’s text, we see the first of Jesus’ many miracles in the turning of water into wine.  There have been songs written and hymns song about the turning of water into wine.  Along with feeding thousands and raising the dead, the miracle of turning water into wine is one of the most well-known miracles that Jesus performed.   In today’s sermon it is not the miracle that I want to turn our attention to but, I want for us to take a greater look into the objects and the elements used in the miracle. …

Text: John 2:1-11
Key: v.7

In today’s text, we see the first of Jesus’ many miracles in the turning of water into wine.  There have been songs written and hymns song about the turning of water into wine.  Along with feeding thousands and raising the dead, the miracle of turning water into wine is one of the most well-known miracles that Jesus performed.  

In today’s sermon it is not the miracle that I want to turn our attention to but, I want for us to take a greater look into the objects and the elements used in the miracle.  This miracle sets forth a great example of how and what Jesus chooses to work.

Turning water into wine

When Jesus turns the water into wine He chose to use six waterpots.

6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.  

John 2:6-7 NKJV

These waterpots measured in three firkins apiece. (One firkin is equal to nine gallons.)  This means the waterpots of stone held at least 27 gallons of liquid apiece.  Now that we know how large these waterpots were, I want to also point out that these were stone waterpots.  What is so special about the pots being stone?

These stone pots could indicate that the family was a poor family seeing that they were not using a higher class of pots.  These stone waterpots were not high-class pots nor were they a pretty thing to view.  I don’t imagine many of the women living back then marveling at these waterpots.  I picture these warterpots were likely chipped, beaten, and worn out my friends.  

The next thing I also want to point out, that many people just skim over, is the fact that these pots likely served as a means of washing the Jews feet!  The question then becomes, why in the world would Jesus use these six waterpots to perform this miracle? Have you ever asked that question?

When you go to make some lemonade I don’t imagine you use the bathtub.  When you start making those margaritas, I don’t imagine you use an old mopping bowl!  Jesus literally chose to use some old stone pots to turn water into something that tasted really good.

Jesus can and will use anything!

If there is one thing you will notice about our Savior Jesus Christ is that He always seemed to use the least and the lowly.  In the popular miracle of feeding thousands, He had just a couple pieces of fish and bread.  Jesus’ disciples were considered to be lowly and even ignorant in their society.  Matthew, a publican (tax collector) was absolutely hated by society.  The Pharisees and Sadducees were dumbfounded as to why Jesus chose to sit and dine with the lowly and the worst that society had to offer.  I believe this is what I love the most about our Savior – Jesus doesn’t view things as we or society views them!

The next thing used in the miracle was water (v.7). Jesus asks for the waterpots to be filled with water to the brim.  What is so special about water?  Water is actually very special yet it is one of the most common elements on earth.  

We use water for cleaning and cooking. We also drink water.  So why would Jesus use water? I imagine it was because water was in abundance and something they could easily get.  We charge folks for using water to cook with, clean with, to wash our cars with, to water our grass with, and so on but I don’t believe they had to pay for or barter for the water back then. This water was readily available and they were able to get it liberally because we see the servants fill up those 27-gallon waterpots to the brim (v.7).  

Then we see these worn out waterpots, and regular water produce something that was really good to the taste buds (v.10).

9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”

John 2:9-10 NKJV

We read this miracle literally for what it was but there is a lot of spiritual meaning behind the waterpots, the water, and the wine.  Let us again take a look at these objects that Jesus chooses to use but, instead of looking at the literal representation, let us take a look at these objects with our spiritual lenses on.

The spiritual representation

The pots

Jesus takes these lowly waterpots that were used for washing feet for a miracle.  Those old beaten and worn out waterpots are a representation of us: people, believers, Christians.  Jesus does not care for who you are or for your social or economic standing.  Jesus is fully capable and wants to deliver you from sin and then He wants to use you.

I feel that it is important for people to know this because we can be really hard on ourselves.  We can get so hard on ourselves that we will begin to believe we are no good for ourselves, family, friends, or for society.  The world that now exists chooses to look down and spit on folks considered to be of lower standards.  Let me tell you this, in Jesus’ eyes there is no such thing as a lower standard!  We may see the old beaten and worn out waterpots but Jesus sees somebody that is strong and fully capable of producing something good.

The water

What do you believe the water to represent?  The water represents the word of God and His Holy Spirit.  The word of God is abundantly available my friends.  They say the earth is covered by about 70% of water; the word of God and His Holy Spirit covers all of His creation!  It is readily available for all of those who wish to jump into the water, drink of the water, or bathe in the water.  

The word of God, like water, is nourishing and filling to the soul.  The word of God will clean you up and make you brand new.  You will become like those servants who poured out the new water and delivered it to the governor of the feast – you will begin to deliver wine to those who wish to have a drink of the Lord’s water.  When God fills you up with the word, the Spirit and His message ought to be shared and delivered to those who are willing to listen!

In Joel 2:28-32, God declared that it would come to pass that He would pour out His spirit on all flesh.  He said that in that day whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered – which means to be saved.  The Lord poured His water into Jesus Christ and Christ delivered that wine to the first followers of Christ.  

We have now become the waterpots; The Lord has poured out His word into a bunch of stone waterpots (us).  The stone pots are made for taking a beating – they are durable and lasting during both the good times and the bad times my friends. We may not look good to the eyes.  We may be considered lowly.  We may take a beaten and can be worn down but we are built to endure for His name!  

We are built to endure for the Lord!  It may be ignored by many, but there are several who needs for us to deliver our share of water to them.  There are many that need to take a drink of the Lord’s water so let us go about giving them drink! David said, “taste and see that the Lord is good.”  

If you have not drunk of the Lord’s water (received or listened to Jesus’ doctrine) I urge you to take a drink.  Once you taste of the Lord you will become like the master of the feast and see how wonderful the water is of the Lord.  You will see that what you drink of the Lord will make you want to stand up and shout out about how sweet and how good the Lord is!

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About Pastor Leo H. McCrary II

Rev. Leo H. McCrary II

Rev. Leo H. McCrary II was licensed to preach August 12, 2012, and ordained April 28, 2013. Currently pastors at Christian Unity in Douglasville, GA and online through New Found Faith.

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