“Now six stone water jars had been set there for Jewish purification. Each contained 20 or 30 gallons.
• 6 times 20/30 = 120/180 gallons. A full keg of beer holds 13.2 gallons. So these water jars held between 9 and 13 kegs of water.
“Fill the jars with water,” Jesus told them.
• I wonder how they even filled these stone water jars with water? Were the jars heavy, considering they were made out of stone and a little more than double or triple the size of a full keg of beer. I suppose they had carts and horses they could use to transport them. Did they have hoses that could be turned on like we do today or did they have to use buckets to fill the jars? (I am just trying to imagine what it was like back then).
So they filled them to the brim.
• I suppose this means that they filled these jars with 180 gallons of water.
Then He said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the chief servant.”
• Jesus was basically saying to take it to the servants’ boss.
And they did.
• These servants had some faith! Imagine what the chief servant would have done if the servants would have brought him water! “You’re Fired!”
When the chief servant tasted the water (after it had become wine), he did not know where it came from — though the servants who had drawn the water knew. He called the groom and told him, “Everyone sets out the fine wine first, then, after people have drunk freely, the inferior. But you have kept the fine wine until now.”
• The groom probably just smiled and thought to himself, “What’s this guy talking about?”
• So Jesus gave this wedding 180 gallons of fine wine which is like 13 kegs of beer! Interestingly, I am sure Jesus knew that people would get drunk from the fine wine He had made yet He still did it and didn’t feel guilty about it later (like I would have).
Jesus performed this first sign in Cana of Galilee. He displayed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.”, John 2:6-11 HCSB
• See, Jesus had told his mom that his time had not yet come when indeed it had come. As I have stated, I believe he was speaking with tongue in cheek when He told her this.
• Jesus displayed His glory. What does that mean exactly?
• Jesus took regular ol’ water and turned it into fine wine. Likewise, I believe Jesus can take anything in our lives (good, bad, neutral, situations, problems, struggles, hardships, etc) and turn it into fine wine (something ridiculously good).