Too Much Wine #WednesdayWalk

“There must be at least a hundred gallons of wine here,” the headwaiter said in dismay as he stared at the six stone waterpots. “The bridegroom did not ask for this much wine. Who’s going to pay for this expensive wine?”

“You don’t have to pay for it,” I tried to explain. “It’s already been paid for.”

He stared at me with a puzzled look as he dipped a spoon into one of the jars and tasted the wine. “It’s obvious this is an expensive wine made for a king. How did it get here? Was it a gift?”

“This man they call Jesus heard that the wine ran out.”

“Wait,” the headwaiter interrupted. “We ran out of wine?”

“Yes,” I nodded.

“Well that would’ve caused me some trouble,” the headwaiter said with a frown as he glanced at the waterpots filled with wine. “The bridegroom would’ve been very upset with me.”

“What Jesus did saved you,” I said with a smile.

“I guess so,” the headwaiter acknowledged as he looked at the servants taking wine out of the waterpots for the guests. “But what exactly did he do?”

“I explained it to you already.”

“I know. Turning water to wine is one thing. That’s hard to believe. But why the jars we use for our custom of purification. If they’re filled with wine, people can’t purify themselves. It just seems odd they are celebrating with wine from purification jars.”

“It does seem odd,” I acknowledged. “But it also seems appropriate we should celebrate what Jesus did.”

The headwaiter paused and listened to the laughter of the guests for a moment. Then he looked at me with a frown. “But the guests don’t even know what Jesus did for them.”

© 2021 CGThelen

#WednesdayWalk Through the Bible — an exploration of what unknown people might have seen or felt when they witnessed the events in the Bible. This post is from the perspective of a servant who saw Jesus turn water to wine in John 2:1-12 (NASB)

9 thoughts on “Too Much Wine #WednesdayWalk

  1. Good point. It would’ve taken a lot of effort to get the water in those days. Thanks for sharing your insight on this passage. Blessings.

  2. What always got me about this story was that the people filling the jars filled them to the brim, no small feat in a world without running water. Jesus was responsible for the miracle, but their level of investment and labor according to huis instructions resulted in more wine for everyone to enjoy.

  3. Yes, I always found that interesting as well that the person in charge didn’t know where the wine came from. Makes me wonder what I might be missing that God is doing around me. Thanks for the comment. Blessings.

  4. Interesting perspective. Yes, sadly most people don’t know what Jesus did for them.
    It always amused me that the “master of the banquet” (the big shot) didn’t know where the wine had come from, but the servants (who had just obeyed Jesus) knew. When we serve Him, He does let us in on His secrets from time to time. ❤️

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