Empty Jars

Empty Jars

written by Kelly June 4, 2019

There is so much we can learn from Mary, the Mother of Jesus. She is often in the background but when we see her in scripture, she makes bold impacts! For example, when you think of the first miracle of Jesus do you think of Mary? Probably not…but her role was vital! It was her faith and trust in Jesus that lead to the miracle! She gave Him the opportunity to step in and fix a problem and we can do the same thing in our lives, leading to miraculous results!

2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

John 2:1-11

Jesus had not performed any miracles at this point. There were no signs that He had any supernatural talents or strengths. Yet, when there was a great problem, the first thing Mary did was run straight to Him! Her trust in Him was so great, that she even instructed the servants to “do whatever he tells you”. 

What do we do when we face problems?

When we face problems in our lives, do we run straight to Jesus?  Or do we call a friend and ask for their opinion or advice? Do we complain to everyone around us? Do we isolate and suffer alone? Do we try to handle things ourselves? Pay very close attention to what Mary did. She went to the only One who could fix the problem! Mary didn’t try to fix it herself, as we women have a tendency to do. She fully realized the problem was greater than her ability so she gave it to Jesus and left it with Him. How freeing it would be for us and what peaceful lives we would live if we had the kind of faith and humility of Mary! 

Let’s make verse 5 personal by placing our name in front of the word do… _________________ “do whatever He tells you”! This is so hard for us to do…although I’m not sure why. Unlike Mary, we have the benefit of knowing all of the miracles recorded throughout scripture. And if you’re like me, you have all the times He has been faithful to meet your needs and heal your pain. 

I pray we all do exactly what Mary did when she found that the jars were empty…She gave Jesus the opportunity to work a miracle! When we run straight to Him in prayer, we can stand tall from our knees and full of peace and joy even in the midst of “empty jars”! 

Did you notice in verse 10 that the jars were filled with something greater than before? Wow, how amazing is that? 

So…when you enter a season of empty jars or if you are there now, run straight to Jesus and look forward to Him filling your life up with something greater than you had before! 

Read also: For everything there is a season

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