Veteran’s Day–thank you for your sacrifice
It is 4:45 and I am just now sitting down to read and reflect on the Word. Since it is Veteran’s Day, I would like to begin by thanking our veterans and service members for their sacrifice for our country. God bless America, and all those who love her and serve her.
We move on to John 2 today, where Jesus performed his first miracle.
1On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4“Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied, “My time has not yet come.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
We see several items in these short verses that warrant further review.
- First, Jesus, his mother, and his disciples were at a wedding and the wine ran out. Running out of wine at a social event was embarrassing to say the least. We are not told if the wedding party was related to Jesus, only that His mother came to him for help.
- Jesus was not yet ready to reveal His glory.
- Jesus’ mother knew Jesus had authority given to Him by God
- Jesus was obedient to His mother
Mary came to Jesus and said there was no more wine, and Jesus replied by saying what does this have to do with you or me? That statement alone would indicate the wedding party was not a family member. And, Jesus was letting His mother and His disciples know, in possibly a round about way, that His business truly was His Father’s business, and that little else mattered.
Jesus was not ready to reveal His glory, or even His purpose for being on this earth. Jesus knew the hour of His death, along with what would happen in the aftermath of the resurrection, would be the impetus for His ministry going forward, so nothing that happened at this point, to Him, was material to His Father’s business.
Jesus’ mother brought the problem of too little wine to Jesus’ attention, but she did not give Him a possible solution–indeed, she merely stepped back and allowed her son, the Son of God, to let His glory be made manifest. And Jesus, although the Son of the Living God, was obedient to His mother.
Have you been about your Father’s business lately? Did you wait on Him to direct your paths, or did you let the committee on which you serve dictate how much wine you should bring to the wedding?
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Thank you for your encouragement and may God bless you during this Christmas season and throughout the coming year.