John 2:1-11 is the story of Jesus at a wedding with his disciples and his mother, Mary. When the wedding feast ran out of wine the servants did not know what to do. But Mary had an idea that she was quite confident in. She told Jesus of the problem, and then told the servants to listen to Jesus! He was not very interested in helping, telling his mother that his time had not yet come. But from the story, it seems she gave him no choice. In a few minutes the party has wine, and wonderful wine at that. The servants fill the empty wine jars with water, and alas they are filled with win.
I have a few questions of my own with this text. Is it to show us that Jesus did not understand the timing of his ministry (that he was ready sooner that he thought)? Is it meant to show us that even Jesus listened to his mother, and that she knew best? Is it to show us that ultimately, if we are aware enough to ask, Jesus (and God) will always provide for those who cannot provide enough on their own? Many scholars have approached these questions with their own interpretation. I'll simply leave it that it is one that still leaves me a bit perplexed in our Bible, yet one that keeps challenging me none-the-less. Currently I am more than content simply knowing that Jesus made sure the party and celebration continued! And then I start wondering if Jesus would be allowed to provide wine at any of our church weddings (but that is cultural question for another day)... It is also nice to know that Jesus obviously belonged to his mother. He belonged to God, but he also knew that he belonged to Mary.
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