180 Gallons of Wine

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 2 King 13-14; John 2


Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water,” and they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some from them and take it to the headwaiter,” and they did. The headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine. He didn’t know where it came from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew.

The headwaiter called the groom 10 and said, “Everyone serves the good wine first. They bring out the second-rate wine only when the guests are drinking freely. You kept the good wine until now.” 11 This was the first miraculous sign that Jesus did in Cana of Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

12 After this, Jesus and his mother, his brothers, and his disciples went down to Capernaum and stayed there for a few days. (John 2:7-12, Common English Bible).

In the movie, Bruce Almighty Jim Carey’s character Bruce has complained about God’s presence or lack thereof to the point that God, played by Morgan Freeman, is tired of listening to it. God temporarily gives Bruce divine powers over a small section of the city. In one scene Bruce is walking through a house with a party is raging around him. He is walking with an entourage around him with a wine decanter filled with water in one hand and a wine glass he fills with wine that changes from water as Bruce pours the water from the decanter. It is an obvious allusion to today’s reading from John’s Gospel.

As I sit and think about this passage and the scene from the movie passes through my mind I found myself asking which miracle was bigger, Bruce with his decanter of water that becomes wine or Jesus with more than 180 gallons of water that becomes wine?

If both were real stories, and we all know one, Bruce Almighty isn’t, they would be equal miracles. The hard part would be doing it, to begin with. Once the miracle happens it is just a matter of repeating it. Well, that would be the logic I might use if I was Bruce.

In reality, Bruce couldn’t change the first drop without the power of God. Additionally, in the movie, the quality of the wine is never stated. Jesus turned water into wine and it wasn’t just any wine, it was 180 gallons (at least, probably more) of the best wine.

The steward would have been someone who would have known wine and its quality. He raved about Jesus’ wine.

I and my colleagues, perhaps better than most anyone other than wedding coordinators and photographers can tell you all about the craziness that can happen at weddings. Unitarian pastor and author Robert Fulgham, in his book It, Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It, said, “Weddings are high state occasions involving amateurs under pressure. Everything never goes right.”

There is plenty of strangeness at weddings. For those at the Wedding at Cana, if they even knew something was up, they didn’t see weirdness. What they saw was miraculous.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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