Jesus Remembers Us And Blesses Us
John 2:1-5 NIV
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Mary knew Jesus was the Christ. An angel had told her that before she was pregnant with Jesus. We don't know when Mary became his disciple, but like the other disciples, she followed Jesus wherever he went.
When the wine ran out at a wedding party, the bridegroom and family risked being embarrassed. She told Jesus they had no more wine, expecting Jesus to perform a miracle because he is her son and he is the Christ.
Everyone expects God to help them with their problems even though these issues may not be God’s priority. The lack of wine at a wedding was not a spiritual matter that God needs to be concerned with. Neither was it a crucial life and death issue that required a miracle to be performed. But since Mary asked, Jesus acceded to her request.
When Jesus replied Mary, “Why do you involve me, my time has not yet come”, he meant that the public manifestation of his Messiahship (the hour of his suffering and death) has not come yet. In his gospel, John used a similar phrase “His hour has not yet come” twice, to refer to the same thing (John 7:30, John 8:30).
The running out of wine and Mary’s request somehow reminded Jesus of his purpose. He would have to drink from the cup of suffering at the cross. Jesus was quick to remember his purpose and kept his mind focused on the cross, even at the beginning of his ministry. His cup was hard to drink, and none of us can drink it. In fact, Jesus would three years after this incident, pray at the Garden of Gethsemane for God to remove the cup from him. But he submitted to God’s will, and died for us.
Don’t be mistaken; Jesus wasn’t rude to his mother. He just could not help but be reminded of the cross. With the benefit of hindsight, we understand Jesus’ purpose on the cross. “His time” has already come, his mission was accomplished at the cross, and he now sits at the right hand of the Father. Knowing what we know, we cannot doubt God’s love for us. Jesus wants to be involved in every part of our life.
Through this miraculous act of turning water to wine, Jesus fulfilled his role as son of his mother, and also exercised his power as the Son of God. Ask and we shall be given. Remember God’s blessing when He told Moses to instruct Aaron and his sons to bless the Israelites, “the Lord bless you and keep you” (Numbers 6:22-27). This is a promise for God’s people, and that includes all of us too. God is not only interested in our salvation; He also cares for our physical needs.
I look at the blessings God has given me since I was born, there is so much of them. I am amazed at where I am and how far God has brought me. My family and friends are the most valuable treasures I have. I have gained much this year. I’ve got new friends in church and outside church. I have forged closer bonds with my family and friends. All of these were through Jesus, as he opened opportunities for me to know them and understand them better.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.