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.” John 2:3-5
Weddings are a big deal. We’ve planned and helped pay for four of them. After months of decisions about cake and flowers and caterers, the big day seems to fly by. Be glad you didn’t live in first century Galilee. In Jesus’ day, wedding receptions lasted for a whole week.
Jesus enjoyed a party. As Matt Chandler says, “He was invited to lots of dinners and parties because He was not a party dud.”
We get a glimpse of Jesus’ relationship with His mother at the wedding at Cana in Galilee. Mary went to her son with a concern: the family would be terribly embarrassed if the party had to shut down early for lack of wine. At first, Jesus seemed to drag his feet, not wanting to be involved in the drama unfolding. But Mary had confidence that her boy was the only one who could make a difference. She told the servants to stand ready because something was about to happen.
Jesus must have smiled at his mother’s tenacity. She must have smiled as Jesus turned water into wine so the celebration could keep going — although 120-180 gallons of wine might have been overdoing it a bit. (Six jars, each holding 20-30 gallons. It’s right there in John 2:6!)
Perhaps Mary gave us a lesson on prayer in John 2. She didn’t ask for anything specific and didn’t whine, worry or nag. She didn’t tell Jesus how to solve the problem or make suggestions or offer opinions. She simply stated the issue and then waited expectantly. Mary didn’t know what Jesus would do, but she knew He would do something — the right thing. That’s trust.
Lord, sometimes I pray bossy prayers, telling You what I think You should do. Sometimes I pray worried prayers, showing my lack of confidence in Your power. I’m sorry. Help me to trust You in all my prayers.