Today’s Scripture: John 2:3-5 KJV
Jesus, the Son
The Marriage at Cana
Part 2 of 3
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When we think of a wedding, it is a one day celebration. The old Jewish marriage feast was one week long. Virgins were married on Wednesdays. Widows on Thursdays. Can you imagine the food? The drink?
In verse 3 we read,
“And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.”
Note: Mary does not ask nor command Jesus to do anything. She reports, “They have no wine.”
My mother has done this to me.
“There’s no crackers out there now.”
“The punch is almost gone.”
She is informing me but there is an obligation attached to that report. No one wants the family embarrassed. Mary’s report makes me wonder if Mary is not related to the family at Cana. Running out of wine brought a heavy fine. The social stigma plus the financial burden of a fine would cause great hardship on the family. This is more serious than it looks to the casual reader.
In verse 4 we read,
“Jesus saith unto her, “Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour has not yet come.”
What Jesus is really saying, in a polite way (‘woman’ is a polite form of address in their language) is, “Why are you dragging me into this?” Jesus is no longer required to do as she tells him and his next sentence goes specifically to ‘why’. Mine hour has not yet come. He is now on the Father’s time table and he cannot deviate. Do you recall what happened when he was twelve (see Luke 2:40-52)?
In verse 5 we read,
“His mother saith unto the servants Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”
How much easier would life be if we did as Mary did? And what of the servants, they just obey. And what happens when Mary lets go and lets God? And what happens when servants just obey and do the will of God? A miracle happens, doesn’t it? (vv. 6-12)
And that miracle happens in God’s time not ours. I encourage you to study the concept that John brings forward in his gospel of the “divine hour” or the “heavenly time table”. John beautifully establishes for the believer that there was nothing that happened in the life of Christ that was not ordained by God. God had his hand in every single thing. Even the things that you would deem inconsequential to the story. Yes, His hand was in those things too. Nothing is to chance.
When Christ came, He came at the appointed time.
When Christ’s ministry began, it was at the appointed time.
And when He comes again, it will be at the appointed time!
Be blessed and see you for Part 3 and the summary of the Marriage at Cana!
The Heavenly Hour
then read John 11:9-10