Tuesday, 26 October 2021
Fill them to the brim
By Dr Hew Fen Lee

John 2:1-11

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 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 10 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.” 11 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.

This is a well known story of Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine. This also marks the beginning of His ministry on earth and the outward demonstration of His miraculous power as the Son of God. Jesus’ mother, Mary requested Jesus to deal with the problem at hand – wine running out in a wedding, an embarrassing situation for the host. Jesus obliged and the host as well as all the guests were treated with the best wine of the banquet.

The instruction from Jesus was simple, ‘fill the jars with water’ but to carry it out could actually be quite daunting. We are told each of the jars would hold up to 113L of water and 6 jars to be filled to the brim would easily take 680L of water which weighs 680kg. In those day water would have to be carried from the communal well of the town or from a nearby river or stream. The servants could have filled the jar half full which would still be in fulfilment of the instruction but would half their substantial work. However, they chose to do it to the best of the ability with the maximum result. They were in a position to work with Jesus, the son of God and consequently saw the miracle and the blessing of Jesus would bring to those in the banquet, in abundance.

Unlike the servants in the wedding banquet who knew Him only as a carpenter’s son at best, we have seen His miracles, we have listened to His teaching, we have felt the touch of His love for us on the cross, we have seen Him rising from the dead. All of us are called to serve God. Serving God is to work with God and to work alongside Him. It is through working with Him that we can hear His voice, that we can see His hand guiding ours; indeed the presence of the Holy God with us. Like the servants in the wedding banquet, we should make every effort to fill the jars to the brim so that the blessing from God can overflow to touch us and touch those around us.

Prayer
Dear God, thank you that you have called us out of darkness into the light. Grant us the vision of your glory and the privilege to serve you. May you grant us your presence at all times and make us channels of blessings that overflow with abundance. In Jesus name we ask. Amen


班底浸信教会
每日灵粮
星期二,2021年10月26日
标题:把它们装满
作者:丘宏礼医生
翻译:薛秀合姐妹

约翰福音2:1-11

1第三日,在加利利的迦拿有娶亲的筵席,耶稣的母亲在那里。2 耶稣和他的门徒也被请去赴席。3 酒用尽了,耶稣的母亲对他说:「他们没有酒了。」4 耶稣说:「母亲(原文是妇人),我与你有甚麽相干?我的时候还没有到。」5 他母亲对用人说:「他告诉你们甚麽,你们就做甚麽。」6 照犹太人洁净的规矩,有六口石缸摆在那里,每口可以盛两三桶水。7 耶稣对用人说:「把缸倒满了水。他们就倒满了,直到缸口。」8 耶稣又说:「现在可以舀出来,送给管筵席的。他们就送了去。」9 管筵席的尝了那水变的酒,并不知道是那里来的,只有舀水的用人知道。管筵席的便叫新郎来,10 对他说:「人都是先摆上好酒,等客喝足了,才摆上次的,你倒把好酒留到如今!」11 这是耶稣所行的头一件神迹,是在加利利的迦拿行的,显出他的荣耀来;他的门徒就信他了。

这是耶稣所行的头一件神迹 – 水变酒的著名故事。这也标志着祂在地上传道事工的开始,以及祂作为上帝儿子的神奇能力的对外彰显。耶稣的母亲,马利亚请求耶稣处理手头的问题 – 婚礼中的酒喝光了,这对主人家来说是一种尴尬的情况。耶稣答应了,那主人和所有的客人都享用到了宴会上最好的酒。

耶稣的指示很简单,“把缸倒满了水”,但实际执行起来却相当艰巨。我们被告知每个水缸最多可容纳113公升的水,而要装满那6个水缸至少需要装入680公升的水,重680公斤。在那个时代,水必须从城镇的公共水井或附近的河流或小溪中汲取。那些仆人本可以将水缸只装满一半,这仍然可算是完成了指示,却会减半他们原本的工作量。然而,他们选择尽其所能以取得最大的成果。他们能够与上帝的儿子耶稣一起作工,因此看到了耶稣给宴会上的人带来的神迹和丰盛的祝福。

不像婚宴上的仆人,他们至多只知道祂是一个木匠的儿子。我们却看到了祂的神迹;我们听到了祂的教导;我们感受到了祂在十字架上给予我们的爱;我们看到了祂从死里复活。我们所有人都被呼召事奉上帝。事奉上帝就是与上帝一起作工,并且与祂并肩作工。借着与祂一同作工,我们可以听见祂的声音;我们可以看到祂的手引导我们;确实,圣洁的上帝与我们同在。我们应当像婚宴上的仆人一样,尽一切努力把水缸装满,好让上帝的祝福溢出,触及我们,也触及我们周围的人。

祷告
亲爱的上帝,感谢祢召我们脱离黑暗,进入光明。愿祢让我们看见祢的荣耀,并赐给我们事奉祢的特权。愿祢时刻与我们同在,让我们成为充溢着丰盛祝福的管道。我们奉耶稣的名求。阿门。