I am a stone jar

I am a stone jar. I look like this.

Day after day I am filled with tepid water and then emptied. Full, empty, full, empty. The people appear to be washing, but I’m not sure why. They usually don’t look that dirty. Maybe I just can’t see what they are trying to remove.

That used to be my life. Then there was a wedding. I wasn’t even being used. I was set to the side and had the night off. Or so I thought. At the command of a stranger, I was filled with water, but this time was different. When the water was dipped out, it wasn’t water. It was no longer colorless and odorless. It was crimson and aromatic. It had… life. Life to be tasted.

I am no longer used for washing. I am noticed and known. I am now considered clean and valuable and hold a place of honor in the master’s house.

The wedding at Cana

John 2 tells the story of Jesus’ first miraculous sign of His true identity. Immanuel: God with us. In short, He was at a wedding feast and the wine ran out. He instructed the servants to fill six stone jars with water, jars made to contain ceremonial washing water, and then He transformed it into exquisite wine.

This is more than a demonstration of Jesus’ deity. It paints a picture of Jesus entering your life and transforming your thoughts, desires, ambition. He replaces those limited capacity idols we pursue that inevitably fail us (water) with a joy and peace and fulfillment that has no end and we are then able to share (wine). He renews your heart. Inside (tasted), not outside (fruitless washing).

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26)

Invite Him in, friend. Be filled.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
(Psalm 34:8)



About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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