Read John 2:1-12
Jesus’ first miracle was performed in Cana of Galilee. He turned water into wine. Instead of preaching about this miracle, I want to talk about the six empty water pots. Jesus told the men to put ordinary water in the pots, but that’s what not came out. The crowd got the best because it came from the Lord. I’m going to pour some things into our imaginary pots. Let’s see what comes out. The Lord makes the difference.
Let’s put in our sins, iniquities, failures and shortcuts. What happens? Jesus takes them and changes us. We get salvation out of the water pot. We had nothing to offer. We came with our sin and he changed us. He made us new creatures. Look what he did for Nicodemus. Jesus told him “ye must be born again AND he was. The woman at the well got a drink of water she was expecting and got something that changed her life. The woman caught in adultery left un-condemned. Zacchaeus found Jesus–or rather Jesus found him up in the tree. He told him to come down. Zacchaeus repented and Jesus went home with him.
Let’s put prayer in the next water pot. The Lord is able to answer prayers. It’s a privilege to pray. We don’t do it enough. The Lord tells us to call, to ask, to seek, to knock. James tells us that “we have not because we ask not.” Peter was released from jail because the church prayed. God used their little faith to move mountains. Elijah prayed and fire came down from heaven. We serve the same God they did.
Put our problems in the next water pot. God gives guidance. We live in a complex age. Life isn’t simple. We need wisdom far beyond our own. Ask for it from God and he’ll give it. I’ve made bad decisions because I didn’t consult God. We need to take our problems to him.
We can put our sorrows in the water pot and find comfort. Psalms 55:22 says “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Life is filled with trouble but there is comfort in the Lord.
Put our needs in the water pot. Paul said in Philippians 4:9 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” He said our need, singular. God sees them all as a need and supplies. Is heaven bankrupt? No! God is able to meet the needs we have.
Put the future in the last water pot. What do you get? Heaven! We don’t have to look hard to see that this country is headed for destruction. For a child of God the outlook is pretty good. It’s not gloom and doom. Heaven will be far better; we have something to look forward to. We have hope beyond this world. We can trust God with the future.
Put all these in God’s hands and see what comes out.