Our theme this week was SERVICE and SERVANTHOOD. The idea of how important it is to serve others and be a servant.
The Bible tells us that Jesus attended a wedding celebration in the city of Cana with His mother and the disciples. The wedding party ran out of wine, and Jesus has the opportunity to perform His first miracle in the flesh, by turning water into wine. But HOW and WHO was involved is what makes this such a great picture of service and how important it was to Jesus.
First, although He initially said it wasn't his time to perform a miracle and not his responsibility to fix the problem, He did finally agree to do this. He was willing to serve those around Him by providing something that they needed or wanted.
Secondly, Jesus didn't just make wine show up in an empty barrel or in all the cups of the wedding guests. He could have, but He didn't. Instead, Jesus asked the wedding celebration SERVANTS to fill up these 20-30 gallon jars with water. And then Jesus turned the water into wine, and asked the servants to take some out and bring it to the master of the feast. By doing this, the first people to see that water was turned into wine were these "lowly" house servants. Not the bride and groom. Not their parents. Not the wealthy friends. Not even the master of the feast. No...it was the servants.
Thirdly, in this act Jesus showed us that it is important to put other people first. By having the servants bring the wine to the master, the master then assumed this good wine was left because of the decision of the wedding groom. So he said how great it was of the groom to save the good wine, thus making the groom look like a very important and wise person. At the very least it made it look like he valued the wedding guests so much that he would save the best for last with them.
Be of service to others as you go about your day. And remember, when Jesus decided it was time to reveal His power and glory he chose "lowly" servants of a wedding to be the first ones to find out who He truly is!
The Wedding at Cana
2 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.[a]7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.