PRECIOUS LESSONS FROM A WEDDING
John 2:1-8 “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.” Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.”
Focus: God wants us to gain a knowledge of His Wisdom, His Ways and His Love for us, from all the issues of life.
A wedding is one of the most special and marvellous occasions of life. It is with much joy, that we watch the couple in their grand attire, taking their vows. Afterward, we all gather to offer our congratulations, and feast on what has been provided. It is truly a time of wonderful fellowship, as we wish the bride and groom, bountiful blessings, as they start this new chapter of their lives.
Jesus and His disciples were once invited to a wedding. His mother was also present. Everyone was enjoying themselves, until it was realized that the wine had run out. A situation like this can be most embarrassing. The mother of Jesus was informed; she then presented the matter to Jesus. He responded to her with these words, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”
At first glance, these words might give the impression that Jesus did not care. However, God wants us to have the true perspective of what was said. There are precious lessons in the words of Jesus that we must not miss. We cannot afford to misunderstand God, or be offended by that which we find in His word. Sometimes, we are tempted to think of God as a heartless Being, but this must always be swiftly resisted.
We must always be concerned about others, but our concern must never cause us to act without first consulting God and waiting on His Divine Timing. The greatest concern that Jesus had at that moment, was to please God, by waiting for His instructions about what to do, and when to do it. Jesus loved His mother, and He was quite willing to address the matter at hand, but first He wanted to teach all of us that our EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT must never interfere with, or ERASE our ALLEGIANCE to GOD. In every situation, we must always wait on God to tell us what to do, and when to do it. Our priority must always be to seek God first, and obey according to all His instructions.
After talking with Jesus, His mother went to the servants and said, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” There were six water-pots on the compound, and they were told by Jesus to fill them with water. After this was done, He told them to draw out some of the water, and take it to the master of the feast. Everyone was refreshed by this wine, which Jesus had miraculously provided to solve the problem.
Jesus performed this Miracle not only for those at that wedding, but to bless the whole world. He knows that we will at some time find ourselves in ‘run out’ situations. Our patience can ‘run out’, while waiting on a matter to be resolved. Sometimes our finances will ‘run out’, or our love for a spouse may seem to ‘run out’. It may be our health that has ‘run out’, or perhaps our employment.
When God seems not to be acting as swiftly as, we would like Him to, He wants us to remember, that He is not carelessly ignoring us. He only wants to do the BEST for us at the right time. God wants to bring all of us to the point where we will trust His Wisdom, Love, and Grace, even when what He says or does seems not to make sense. He longs to transform us into people who will truly know, understand, and believe, that whatsoever He says or does to us, it will always work out for our good, and also be a great blessing to others.