9/25/2011 1:48 PM
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father and the God who gives every possible encouragement” (2 Corinthians 1: 2 – 3)
This time I am writing down on the thoughts that our LORD gave us on a well known topic, the first sign of Jesus Christ.
On meditating the verse in Mark 6: 4 – 6 (“And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is despised only in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house'; and he could work no miracle there, except that he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith. He made a tour round the villages, teaching.”) I had a query raised in my heart. This is a well known passage and could have read and heard many time. But this time it was different. I asked “My LORD, I have a query in my heart. I see that due to the lack of faith of the people you could work no miracle among them. Then on who’s faith your first sign was performed? Was there someone?”. Our Lord Jesus, asked me to read the verses corresponding to his first sign (John 2: 1 – 11). I did the same. He asked me “What do you understand?” I replied “There was shortage of wine in the celebration house. Mary came to Jesus and said there was no wine and Jesus replied that his hour has not come yet. Mary asked the servants to do whatever Jesus say.”
Lord “Now I understand it was Mary’s faith.” Our Lord Jesus said “Very true it was on Mary’s faith too.” He added “What happened after Mary said to the servants?”. I said “You asked the servants to fill the six jars with water and they filled. Then you asked them to draw some out and take it to the president of the feast. They did the same and the water was turned to wine”. Our LORD asked me “Meditate on these verses (John 2: 7 – 9) and pray carefully. On meditating on the verses many question and answers popped out from my heart. I asked “Lord, you said fill the jars with water. But why did they filled them to the brim? If I were one of the servant of that time would I have filled the jar to the brim? Even now “Am I doing completely as what LORD says?”
Our Lord said “Meditate on your action and correct it. In those days there were no facility like water connection to the house like you have now. If the person was rich he would own a well and if not there would have been only one well for the whole village/town. So from where the servants would have brought the water and fill it. If they had already stored the water in the house then they would have taken the water from the tank in the house else they would have ran to the common well and would have brought the water. Each jar would hold twenty or thirty gallons. So it is not a one time job for the servants to fill the jar. They would have surely ran multiple times to fetch the water and fill the jar to the brim.” I thought “How many times I am ready to run when Lord say me something? Am I ready to run multiple times or do I expect things to happen in one shot?” It gave a lot of insight of me.
Then I asked “Lord, in what faith they drew some of the water and took it to the president of the feast. It was they who filled the jars with water and it is clearly said that the president tasted the water and it had turned into wine.” LORD said “That answers your question. It was not only the faith of Mary but also that of the servants who did the job as I said.” I said “Lord thank you very much for making me know something which I had never thought about.” Then all of a sudden I remembered the sign of Jesus where he multiplied the five loaves and two fishes. The disciples who got the loaves and fish from Jesus knew that there were only five and two in numbers but they gave them to the people of more than 5000 in number. If I were one among the disciple of Jesus “Would I have distributed the loaves and fishes knowing that they were only 5 and 2 in numbers?” It made me to reflect on my faith on my Lord Jesus Christ.
Oh LORD, Please forgive me for my lack of faith on you. I pray to strengthen my faith and walk with you in your path always. All praise and glory to you alone.
“To end then, brothers, we wish you joy; try to grow perfect; encourage one another; have a common mind and live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Corinthians 13: 11)
Dominic L A J S