JOHN 2:6-10: “Now there were six stone jars, used for the Jewish ritual of purification, each holding two to three measures. Yeshua said to them, “Fill the jars with water!” So they filled them up to the top. Then He said to them, “Take some water out, and give it to the headwaiter.” And they brought it. Now the headwaiter did not know where it had come from, but the servants who had drawn the water knew. As the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, he calls the bridegroom and says to him, “Everyone brings out the good wine first, and whenever they are drunk, then the worse. But you’ve reserved the good wine until now!” TLV
OBSERVATION: Am I positioned to be transformed? The very first miracle that Jesus performed is a wonderful picture of what He desires to do in my life. Yet, within this story there is also some hidden nuggets of what I need to do in order to position my life to receive this transformation.
Transformation from the Lord does not come in the mountaintop experiences of life. Have you ever noticed that the emotional and spiritual high you experience on the mountaintop soon fades away? Many times it not only fades away, but you realize that you are left struggling with the same issues as you had before the mountaintop. Peter encountered Jesus in all of His glory on the Mount of Transfiguration, and yet Peter still denied Jesus three times. The Lord’s first miracle took place at an ordinary wedding celebration where no one expected anything miraculous to happen.
Transformation from the Lord demands that we acknowledge our need for transformation. At the wedding they had run out of wine. There was no time or opportunity to buy more. The celebration was still underway and it would have been a disgrace for the wedding party to not be able to serve their guests. Mary understood this, knew that there was no other recourse, so she went to Jesus. When we lay down all of our efforts and come to the place of trusting Jesus alone, we are in the position to receive His transformation.
Transformation from the Lord comes when we empty ourselves. It is one thing to recognize our need, it is another to empty ourselves through repentance. The clay jars that were used by Jesus were jars that were used for purification. They were used for ceremonial washing. This was to remove filth from either the person who was consecrating himself, or from the utensils used in service to the Lord. These ordinary vessels were empty. The vessels of our life are emptied when we humble ourselves, repent of our sin, and place ourselves under the mighty hand of God.
Transformation from the Lord comes when we allow Him to fill us to overflowing with His living water. Water in the Scriptures represents the power of the Holy Spirit. As we are filled with the Holy Spirit the Lord begins His work of transformation in our lives. What once was ordinary, stained with sin, now becomes a vessel of holiness filled with His grace. And this vessel is continually transformed, day by day, degree by degree, by the power of this living water – the Holy Spirit in our lives!
- “Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Ruach ADONAI is, there is freedom. But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory—just as from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 TLV
Transformation from the Lord surprises us, and it also surprises others. When we see the wonderful work the Lord is doing in our lives, and when we reflect upon our condition before the Lord began this work, we have no choice but to stand in wonder at the power of His transforming grace. And those who know us begin to wonder too. It is this wonderful power of transformation through the Spirit that brings glory to the Lord and leads others to Jesus Christ. This wonder should continue throughout our lives. It is God’s desire and design to use our transformed lives to transform this world!
Lord, this morning I am humbled by Your mighty transforming power. If I am holding onto anything that is hindering the Holy Spirit from transforming my life, please reveal this to me and give me the grace to empty myself so that i can be filled to overflowing.
Fill me anew with the Holy Spirit, grant me Your great grace, and transform my life!
In Jesus Name!