There are several fears in the world but there’s one that is becoming popular and it’s not FOMO, I’m talking about the fear of running out.
We all have heard about FOMO which is the fear of missing out that has been intensified with the help of social media. Although, it’s a fear that has been here long before that.
I guess that you haven’t heard about FORO which is the fear of running out and that’s the topic were are going to talk about. For that, we’re going to analyze one of the most popular stories in the scripture which is the water turning into wine.
Jesus changes water into wine
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 2:11 NIV
The same scripture is telling us that when Jesus changed the water into wine was the first sign and that’s an interesting word that John used. He is not talking about a miracle but about a sign which seems to point into a deeper meaning. That’s what signs are for.
If you think about it, that’s what happens constantly across the whole scripture.
We read several stories at a superficial level but then we start seeing these pointers that start talking about something deeper.
For example, last time we talked about joy, we get the idea of joy as a focus in life but then we get deeper and we ended understanding that joy is controlled by our priorities and not by ourselves.
It’s by understanding those signs or pointers that we are able to understand the real roots of our problems so we can start solving them.
In life, God gives us a lot of signs that point to him although most of the time we just focus on his blessings and resources which is a problem because even if we get the blessings we forget about the provider. Every blessing points to God who’s the provider.
This happens because we live at the level of our needs and ignore the revelation of the provider who is the deeper meaning of our life.
As the wine one, there are many other signs that according to John there’s no way possible to write them all because there’s not enough space in the world to store them.
The next sign after the wine was Jesus healing the son of a royal officer, then Jesus healed a man in the pool of Bethesda, then He multiplied the food for his people, then He walked on water, then He gave back the sight to a blind man, and the ultimate sign recorded in the gospel of John is when Jesus resurrects Lazarus.
Sometimes we have the curse of knowledge where we think that we know all those stories that I mentioned but the problem is that most of the times we only know them at the surface.
We cannot let this happen so let’s start by going to the first sign and ask this simple question: Why did Jesus turn water into wine?
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.”John 2:1-3 NIV
In a traditional wedding is expected to have wine available for the guests and as long as the wedding last.
Actually, that’s the responsibility of the groom.
It’s said that if the groom did a terrible job organizing these things then the mother-in-law could sue him.
Maybe you don’t identify yourself with this story but you will if I tell you that wine represents joy. So, when they say that they are out of wine, they are also saying that they are out of joy.
For you, it is not necessarily a lack of joy but maybe a lack of wisdom, peace or even ideas. Only you know what you are running out.
Jesus went to the wedding as a guest but since the responsible for the wine was unable to fulfill his role is that Jesus helped him by being the provider.
That’s the same idea as the gospel. Jesus didn’t come to our lives demanding righteousness. Jesus comes as a guest to our lives and since we are unable to be righteous by ourselves then He is the one who provides righteousness.
Jesus flipped de flow because He didn’t come to make us feel shame but to take the shame away.
In the case of Mary, you see a woman who knew perfectly who to come to. She didn’t know the solution but she knew the one who did.
One of the reasons we have been running out is because we have been running around to the people that don’t have what we need. Since they don’t have it, they cannot give it.
When Mary came to Jesus, she doesn’t tell him what to do. She just tells him the situation. Although he already knew.
Jesus always knows the situation before anyone else and He knows what to do. He even had explained it on one occasion where he said:
He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.John 6:6 NIV
Mary knew that Jesus would solve the problem even though she didn’t know how.
As in this story, you will find that every need in your life is pointing you to a deeper source.
“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”John 2:4 NIV
As Steven Furtick said, this is not something you should try to say to your spouse when asked to do something. That could have an ugly ending 😅.
As you notice from Jesus answer. Mary didn’t tell the situation just to inform Jesus (because He already knew) but because she wanted to involve Jesus.
This is very important in our prayers. Where we are not telling God our situations to inform him but to involve him. Making him part of everything.
Also, we see that Jesus is saying that this is not the time and he’s talking about the crucifixion.
The analogy for our lives is that this is not the time for us to die so we don’t need God just for the afterlife but we actually need him now.
There’s one more thing we can learn from Mary’s actions and is that she didn’t argue with him, she didn’t convince him, she didn’t beg, in fact, she didn’t talk to Jesus anymore.
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”John 2:5 NIV
Usually, we are told to do whatever God asks us for but the problem with that is that most times we don’t know what God wants us to do.
So, here is the deal. God isn’t giving you any further instruction because you already know what you need to do.
We love the idea of confirmation from God even though we know exactly what we need to do.
Instead of waiting for a direction, God wants us to start by doing what we already know.
Remember that it is not in the knowing but in the doing that you will encounter the miracle.
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.John 2:6-7 NIV
Those six stone water jars that Jesus turned into wine were like a thousand bottles of wine which is way more of what they needed.
Here comes another great flip of thinking. We see that they needed wine but Jesus pointed to water because Jesus doesn’t point to what you need, He points to what you have.
That’s beautiful because all you need, you already have. Let Jesus show it to you.
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.John 2:8-10 NIV
From this story, we can get three very important lessons related to God’s solutions.
1. It’s not gonna be in the places you expect, it’s gonna be nearby
The solution is not gonna be in a new situation so don’t search them out. The truth is that the solution is not distant, it’s nearby.
Where do I get this? Well, the stone water jars were nearby. That’s why it was a great solution.
Sometimes we just ignore the nearby solutions because when something is nearby, it’s also something common or normal, so we don’t even consider it.
2. It’s going to be normal
The solutions are normal because the supernatural comes from God.
The jars of water were something very normal. The whole idea of pouring water into them was something very common but the results were supernatural because this time God was involved.
3. It’s now
God will never talk about the future before He deals with the present and that’s what Jesus did.
After all of those things, we still cannot understand why Jesus showed his glory in Cana but I think we can found the answer in the story of Nathanael.
Nathanael was a disciple who came to Jesus through Philip and here’s the story:
Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”John 1:45 NIV
This is interesting because there were many different expectations about the Jewish Messiah. Actually, due to that difference, there are many religions.
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.”John 1:46-50 NIV
Now we get it. From that point that Jesus meet Nathanael, He gives the real first sign promise saying that they (the disciples) will see greater things.
For Nathanael, the water into wine sign also pointed to the first time he meets Jesus.
Where Jesus saw Nathanael heart and life as it is.
The shocking part for Nathanael is that Jesus saw him even before because even back then God was with Him.
The message for today is that God is with you and God is in you.
You will not run out.
Prayer to involve God
Father, let this word sink in and give me the strength to start doing what I already know that I have to do. Now I know that everything I need to start I already have. Give me the wisdom to use it properly. Let it be for my family, for my growth, for my finances or whatever I have in heart now. You know it all but now I involve you in my life so we can live as one. In Jesus name. Amen.
I wrote this teaching in a tough time because I got sick of gallstones and it was very painful. Thanks to God it’s all over and through Natural Medicine I was able to overcome it after a week. Now I’m back in track.
The nearby solutions make a lot of sense now because I can see what God did in the painful moments of my disease. I have learned a lot that hopefully, I will be sharing in the future too.
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