Contemporary English Version (CEV)
If you are going to make a great dinner for an important guest, you're going to shop for the best ingredients at the nicest store, right?
If you're going to craft the best furniture, you need the best wood and tools, right?
If Jesus is going to present the best wine, he's going to need the perfect water, right?
Here, Jesus takes the water that is in the jars where people were washing themselves and transforms it into the best wine served at the wedding. Jesus doesn't require perfection to begin the process --it's his power and grace that transforms the ordinary, the common, into the extraordinary. The bridegroom didn't realize the wine had come from the washing jars, and its origin didn't matter once Jesus was finished with it. Only the final product was important.
In our lives, we don't come to Jesus as perfect products, as the best ingredients, hoping Jesus can improve us. We come to Jesus as broken sinners in need of a Savior, and Jesus doesn't look down on our humble origins. Instead, Jesus loves us, and by his power and grace he transforms us from common sinners into something extraordinary, something worthy of being presented to God. Our sinful past does not matter -- the final product, the perfection we receive in Christ, is all that matters.