Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 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 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.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. — John 2:6-11 ESV
In John 2, Jesus is at a wedding in Cana, a town in the region of Galilee. He was invited to attend along with his mother and disciples. As he was there, the master of the feast ran out of wine to serve his guests. The master of the feast (or headwaiter) would have been dishonored for his poor planning, so Jesus’ mother asked if Jesus could help retrieve more wine. Today’s passage contains the events that followed.
There were jars containing water at the wedding to fulfill Jewish purification laws. The water would have been used to wash their hands and feet before their meal. John records that the jars held a substantial amount of water, each holding between 20 and 30 gallons. Jesus commands the servants around him to fill the jars with water and deliver it to the master of the feast. When it was delivered, the master of the feast was astounded that better wine was being brought to him now than when the feast began.
I had always found it interesting that at no point did the guys draw the water from the jars to taste it before they delivered it to the master of the feast. They simply obeyed, and Jesus fulfilled. Often, we can be so busy checking upon God that our obedience is delayed. Today, walk in the confidence that whatever The Lord asks you to do, He is capable of fulfilling. May you and I trust and obey, and encourage the children and students around us, to do the same.