John 2:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 2:7, NIV: "Jesus said to the servants, 'Fill the jars with water'; so they filled them to the brim."

John 2:7, ESV: "Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim."

John 2:7, KJV: "Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim."

John 2:7, NASB: "Jesus *said to them, 'Fill the waterpots with water.' So they filled them up to the brim."

John 2:7, NLT: "Jesus told the servants, 'Fill the jars with water.' When the jars had been filled,"

John 2:7, CSB: ""Fill the jars with water," Jesus told them. So they filled them to the brim."

What does John 2:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Six stone jars would have held between 120 and 150 gallons of water, which is quite a bit! Notice that Jesus involves the servants in His miraculous work. Jesus frequently asks people to play some part in His miracles. The power is entirely His, but God wants us to express faith, and obedience. In the Greek of John's gospel, the action-word for "faithfulness" is used nearly one hundred times, but the noun for "faith" isn't used at all. True faith in Christ is living, active, and in motion.

Also, the gospel is all about changing us as people, not re-creating us. So, rather than just conjuring wine into existence, Jesus asks servants to supply water, so that He can change it into wine. And, as He often does, He expects us to use every little bit in response to Him—the jars are to be filled "to the brim."