What’s In The Jar?


Daily Devotion for Lent | Saturday, February 17, 2018

Read John 2:1-11.

Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. (John 2:6)

There were several stone water jars in the house at Cana, meant to be used for washing. These were good-sized jars. They were probably nearly waist high. Filling them up with water would take some time. But once they were filled, the needs of the household would be taken care of for hours or days—even if there was a wedding going on with lots of people. Jars like that were worth something—humble, but very useful.

And that’s a pretty good description of us, too, isn’t it? Humble but useful—at least, we hope so! We’re only stone jars—not gold or silver or anything with jewels all over it—not even copper or bronze. But full of water in the jar (after a lot of work) they’re useful things to have around.

No doubt those stone jars could have served out their useful lifetime without anybody paying much attention to them. But then Jesus got involved.

“Go fill those jars up with water,” He says to the servants. Fine, they do it. That’s nothing unusual. But then He shocks them. “Now dip some of it out and put it in a cup and take it to the master of ceremonies.” Say what? Nobody drinks washing water! But they did it, and you know the rest of the story: the washing water had become the best wine.

What a shock to the bridegroom! He knew there wasn’t supposed to be wine in those jars. And what a shock to us when Jesus takes the blah, boring water of our everyday lives and turns it into the wine of God’s grace and mercy, passed through us to others who need it. “That’s not what we were made to carry!” we might protest. “That’s too good for us!” And so it is. But Jesus gives us the high privilege of being carriers of His love to others.

During this time of Lent, pour out that love and mercy to the people around you—the love and mercy Jesus has showed you, even from the cross.

THE PRAYER: Lord, fill me with Your Holy Spirit, and use me to Your glory. Amen.

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SILENT WITNESSES Lenten Devotions 2018

For Christians, the season of Lent is marked by deep reflection on the appearance of the Savior and, naturally, what His life, suffering, death, and resurrection mean for our lives now. God’s human involvement in our world is a perfect example of His intimate love for us. He spared nothing to make Himself known to us—a fact that proclaims in no uncertain terms how “God so loved the world.” In Silent Witnesses, readers will note both the majestic—and mundane—aspects of the Gospel accounts: stories telling how God in His infinite power came down and “has spoken to us by His Son.”

Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) is a Christian outreach ministry supporting churches worldwide in its mission of Bringing Christ to the Nations—and the Nations to the Church.