On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with me? My hour has not yet come” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever he says to do, do it”. John 2:1-5
In this passage I see an observant woman, Mary, the mother of Jesus, see a very real need of beloved friends who were just married. To run out of wine would be an embarrassment to the newlyweds and the hosts, and their guests might grumble and speak ill of them or even leave the celebration early.
I believe by faith she goes to her Son and makes Him aware of the need. She does not directly ask him to do anything about it… but perhaps it was that “look” as her eyes met her son’s eyes?
Her next step to direct the servants to do whatever Jesus would tell them demonstrates the faith that she was confident that her Son was capable of solving the problem and meeting the need. Would He pull out money from His wallet, and take a collection from His disciples and send the servants to buy some wine? Would He send the servants to His or Mary’s home to retrieve and share some of their own wine?
While Jesus’ answer to his mother expresses that His time had not come (to be revealed as the Messiah, Deliverer, Savior, Provider etc.) I believe we see His actions to turn jars filled with water into wine as a direct response to His seeing the faith of His mother. By responding to the need, He demonstrates His love and compassion for the couple as well. He doesn’t just meet the need, but He exceeded the need by giving the ” Best” wine. In performing this first known public miracle He shows us that He cares for our practical needs in this life. He not only brings glory to His Heavenly Father but honors His mother as well and thus fulfills the 5th Commandment of the Law of Moses.
Today I will demonstrate love and compassion to someone by meeting a need.
Heavenly Father, grant us eyes that see the needs that You see; hearts of love and compassion for those in need, and faith to respond with action as we turn our eyes to the One who has the power to save and deliver and meet the need supernaturally!
Written by Karl Steinmetz, North Braddock Connection Group Coach