July 5, 2011
V 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”
Each of the gospel writers look at the life that Jesus lead on earth from a different perspective; each gospel highlighting a different aspect of perhaps the same stories. John places a greater deal of emphasis on Jesus’ private relationships with different people and how He ministered to them, rather, than His public ministry. This first “sign” pointing to His being the Messiah reflects that; in the fact that it was a quiet miracle. In the Old Testament, many viewed wine, but not being drunk from it, as a sign of God’s blessings and joy. In verse 3, John tells us that they ran out of wine. According to the ESV Study Bible, this could be seen as a sign of their spiritual barrenness. That could certainly explain why Mary turned to Jesus for help; for who better to turn to if you are spiritually barren. We all for whatever reason, usually sin, go through a time of spiritual barrenness. It can happen in the blink of an eye or gradually over time. We look less and less to God for what we need to survive each day; this will eventually produce a dry and thirsty heart. I love the picture of Jesus being our living water, of Him being all we need to forever quench our thirst. Yet, that takes a willingness on our part to understand and live like we can’t be fulfilled with anything else. It takes a willingness to come to Jesus daily for our spiritual water despite the battles we must face to make it happen. Those who are His will thirst after Him; we want Him.