The Servants Knew

“When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom” (John 2:9)

Not everyone at the wedding party knew about the miracle that Jesus performed, by turning the water into wine — at least at first. “But the servants who had drawn the water knew.” How instructive to us; how typical of Jesus.

When Jesus performed this first of His miracles (:11) He did not do it for a king, or a governor. The first to know of it here at the wedding was not even the headwaiter, the bridegroom, or some visiting celebrity. Instead the first (and for a while the ONLY) ones to know were “the servants.”

This is typical of His concern, and His ministry. It was, and is, not typically to the “high and mighty”, but to the lowly:

— His Father had said in Isaiah 57:15, “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit.”

— As Jesus Himself would pray later in Matthew 11:25, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.”

— As the Apostle Paul wrote in I Corinthians 1:26, “For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble.”

The Lord teaches us throughout scripture that He has a concern for the poor; the lowly; the humble in spirit. So it should come as no surprise to us that at the wedding at Cana, Jesus revealed His work to lowly servants first. May we learn the lesson, that if we want Him to show Himself to us in a greater way, we need to have the attitude of a humble servant — the kind of person to whom He delights to manifest His work.

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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