What the Bible Says…
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”
Here we see Jesus gently rebuking Mary.
Let’s look at it from Mary’s perspective. Years before she had given birth to Jesus in the midst of scandal… you remember—not married and pregnant. Mary was no doubt ready for the world to know that Jesus was in fact the Son of God, to clear her name, and reinstate her good reputation.
She was worrying about what the world was thinking about of her, but Jesus was looking at the bigger picture—which was that His hour had not yet come. It wasn’t time for Jesus to declare Himself publicly yet, but that didn’t mean He wasn’t going to help Mary, but He did it quietly, humbly.
I love this little peek into their relationship, He loves Mary, but He knew His plans were most important, just like when He tells us no or to wait...He loves us, but He knows what is best and He may work things out in a different way or at a different time then we think is right.
These are the last words of Mary and I think it is important to note that she is telling the servants to do what Jesus says, she didn’t try to mediate or be involved, she just pointed them to Jesus.
Let’s point others to Jesus, He is the only mediator between God and man.
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all… 1Timothy 2:5-6
Obedience- they didn’t question why.
Exuberance- The servants filled huge 20 gallon jugs full of water without questioning, not know what was going to happen next.
Patience- the servants didn’t know what the outcome would be, they just followed each of His directions one step at a time. (Notice that Jesus didn’t explain it all to them ahead of time, He just gave it to them one step at a time.)
Great reminder for us… we are called to walk by faith, God doesn’t show us the whole road all at once, we have to have patience and trust God, and follow Him one step at a time.
It may not have been time for Jesus to declare who He was publicly, but that doesn’t mean that this miracle didn’t touch the lives of people. He manifested His glory in a quiet way and it changed His disciples, it strengthened their faith.
Jesus was all about people knowing Him, which is why He came to earth, to make a way for us to have a relationship with Him and His Father. And nothing made Him angrier than people being hindered from coming to Him, as we will see in the next section.
- Jesus loves us, but He knows what is best and He may work things out in a different way or at a different time then we think is right.
-We need to point others to Jesus, He is the only mediator between God and man.
-We need to be obedient, exuberant and patient when we are serving Jesus, just like the servants in this passage.
For those of you that know Jesus, here is your homework for the week...
1.Spend a few minutes each day, meditating on the fact that Jesus came to this earth to die because He loves you, and if He loves you enough to do that, you can trust Him with all the other areas of your life.
2. Learn your memory verse (If we commit scripture to memory God is faithful to bring it to mind when we need it.. so let's get on it.)