The miracle of Jesus turning water into wine gives us a glimpse of God’s redeeming power. When we hear this account of one of Jesus’ first signs, we are drawn to the water itself, that which became wine. One thing we often overlook is the vessels in which the water was poured. These clay jars, large as they may be, had one purpose, to contain water used for purification before sitting down for a meal. Simply put, they were used to hold water to wash one’s hands and feet. Upon the water’s transformation into wine, these vessels had a much different purpose; to hold and pour out that which God has made desirable and reveal his glory.
In the beginning, our earthly bodies, these vessels of clay had one intended purpose, to glorify God. Yet, through humanity’s fall into sin, our earthly bodies have become less that what God desired and intended. Through Christ, we are redeemed, transformed and made new. As we are washed in the waters of Holy Baptism and fed with the heavenly food that is Christ’s own body and blood, we become vessels with a purpose; to proclaim the gospel and give God glory. The power of the risen Christ is the power that saves and transforms. Through Christ Jesus, God redeems us, transforms us, and calls us to pour out the good news of his grace.
Prayer: Redeeming God, through Christ you make all things new. Make us vessels of your grace and cause us to share the power of your love. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila,
Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.