2/20/17: Close Enough to Care
The second chapter of John opens with Mary, Jesus, and Jesus’ earliest disciples attending a wedding. The opening verses read, “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever He says to you, do it.’” John 2:3-5 (NKJ)
This mother/Son exchange is precious because it reveals the relationship Mary and Jesus shared. By the time of this story, Jesus is 30 years old and on the cusp of the start of His public ministry. Joseph has disappeared from the Biblical record and it’s assumed he has died. If that were so, Jesus as the eldest son would have taken over the responsibility of taking care of His mother. So Mary is used to communicating with Him when faced with a dilemma. Running completely out of wine would have been a social tragedy and for some reason, Mary really cared. Notice that Mary didn’t ask Jesus to do anything; she simply presented the problem to Him. Although Jesus’ initial response seems to suggest He didn’t want to help, we find later that He did solve the problem (see verse 9).
Let’s not look at the miracle for now but focus on Mary’s comeback to her Son. Once she presented the problem to Him, she turned to the servants and said, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Mary had complete trust that simply presenting the problem to Jesus meant that it was handled. She fully expected Him to take care of the situation. The reason Mary could approach Jesus this way was because of the closeness of their relationship.
Do we approach Jesus with this kind of trust? We can approach Him as Mary did if we are close to Him as well. Our closeness with Him increases our understanding of Him, enhances our trust in Him, and enriches our communion with Him. What a blessing to know we can trust our Savior to the point of simply communicating our problems and being certain that He will handle everything.
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