Today I am – once again – sharing about a Bible passage that used to puzzle me and that I have recently been blessed to see it in a different light. Do you remember the first miracle Jesus performed, how Jesus turned water into wine? I bet you do. Have you ever wondered why Jesus said no to his mother? I have. But now I have a new kind of appreciation for it. Because – once again – Mary shows me how to let Jesus become your Messiah.
The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.
When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him. After the wedding he went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples. (John 2:1-13, NLT)
Do you let Jesus become your Messiah?
I always thought Jesus was a bit disrespectful here, what do you think? Then my friend Rebecca preached on this passage and mentioned how there must have been some nonverbal communication going on between these two. And I can easily picture this happening.
Rebecca pointed out that as the oldest son of Mary, he had taken a lot of responsibility for his late father. Jesus had to grow up fast and without his mother’s permission, he could not start his public ministry. And here Mary is communicating to Jesus it is okay to leave his family and follow his calling. Her second son was old enough to step up now. So Mary was releasing Jesus from his obligations as a provider.
This got me thinking. How about us? Do we let Jesus become Messiah or do we keep him caged? Mary could have holden on to Jesus and not released him to become what he was called to be. But no, once again Mary shows us how to live faithfully.
So, how is it? Do you let Jesus become your Messiah? Jesus does not force you to receive him but he is eagerly waiting for each of us to give him permission to become our savior. Do you grant that? I hope so. He is ready to move mightily in your life too. How awesome is that?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for being sensitive to our needs and wants and patient with us becoming ready for you.
It touches our hearts to know you respect us so much.
But do not let us hinder your work.
Attend to our needs according to your plan for us.
Use us for your glory.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Aren’t we blessed beyond our understanding? Jesus is even more wonderful than we give him credit for. Thankfully, we don’t need to understand everything to start giving thanks and praising him. We will gradually grow to know him better as we study his Word and keep on trusting Him. It all starts when we give him permission to become our personal savior. Let’s do it. Daily.
Blessings to you, my fellow pilgrim! We have an awesome God, let’s praise him from dawn to dusk and from dusk to dawn!