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Week 2: Day 2 Unexpected

September 21, 2016

  • Day Two: Unexpected

     

    Passage:

    On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 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 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.” 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. (John 2:1-11, NIV)

     

    Perspective:

    Did Jesus know he was going to be doing a miracle at this wedding in Cana? Well, yes (he’s God, after all). And…no. It almost feels sudden, abrupt, unexpected. And it’s not really that big a deal—it’s just embarrassing for the wedding hosts, not a life-or-death situation. Throughout his life, Jesus does all sorts of amazing miracles for others—healing people’s diseases, feeding 5000 people, raising dead people back to life. But this miracle feels ordinary, even underwhelming. Probably few people at the wedding even knew a miracle had happened; the master of the banquet didn’t even know! Yet this act of service helped out the people at the party, and what happens? His disciples believe in him.

     

    This is the way of Jesus—he serves others quietly and unexpectedly. Jesus even gets interrupted by his mom, who kinda puts him on the spot and asks him to do something to help. Ever had that happen, where a parent or adult asks you to help out when you weren’t planning on it? Let’s follow in the footsteps of Jesus this week and serve others with our gifts when it’s unexpected.

     

    Practice:

    The next time someone unexpectedly asks you to help them or serve in some way, just say “yes” and do it—no hesitation or waiting!

     

    Prayer:

    Jesus, when the unexpected happens, help me to trust you more.

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