SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012
TEXT: JOHN 2:1-11
The best example of motherhood that I can think of is Mary, the mother of Jesus! Can you imagine being chosen to bear God’s Son? I wonder what traits God looked for as He chose the mother of Jesus. Can you imagine the fear and perplexities of raising God’s son? Mary had to deal with Jesus’ humanity first and was later the instrument used to pull forth His divinity by initiating His ministry when she called forth His first miracle at a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee.
As she dealt with His humanity, she had to bathe him, feed him, diaper him, and probably even spank Him just as any other mother. After all, she had to discipline him, teach him, train him in all ways, for she was preparing Him to handle the demands of the most important profession ever—the Salvation of the world. Jesus, our Kinsman Redeemer, grew up to take our humanity and nail it to the Cross. Then He gave us the opportunity to receive His divinity as a result of His Death and Resurrection.
When Jesus was 30, the event that began His public ministry was His first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Notice that His first miracle is dealing with another first—the first institution that He created—the institution of marriage. God loves the institution of marriage, the union of one man and one woman, which is the portrayal of Christ and the Church. Even His last miracle—the Marriage Supper of the Lamb—dealt with the same institution.
The Wedding Feast is representative of Israel. This particular wedding feast was held on the third day, representative of another third day—Jesus’ Resurrection—when the New Wine was supplied. When they ran out of wine and needed more, Mary came to Jesus. At this time, Israel likewise had run out of what they needed. Perhaps you too have run out of something you need—such as strength, energy, love, joy. Mary saw their need, and she knew who could help, so she said to Jesus, “They have no wine.” –John 2:3
Jesus replied, “Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come.”—John 2:4
This is not the only significant time that Jesus emphasized a certain hour. He did so again as His earthly ministry drew to a close. When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane just prior to His betrayal by Judas, He began by saying, “Father, the hour is come.” –John17:1
When Jesus’ mother called on him to meet the need at the wedding feast, Jesus had to deny His humanity, represented by His earthly mother Mary; He had to deny His flesh produced by Mother Earth in order to fulfill His purpose. He came to redeem the souls of men, which Satan had taken. Thus He responded to His mother as “Woman,” for she represented a human relationship–His humanity,
At this wedding feast, we see the power of a mother as Mary reached in to pull the Father from the Son—to pull out His deity. At this point, His deity was to take over His humanity. Mary began to pull from Him that which He was sent to do—to glorify the Father. She reached into His death so that she could pull out His life. She was reaching into His future—into Eternity. This is the same thing that we do when we pray.
Mary turned to the servants and said, “Whatsoever he says unto you, do it.” (John 2:5) Here the Power of the Mother is that she recognized the Power of His mouth. After all, He is the Word that was in the beginning and always will be.
Then Jesus said, “Fill the water pots with water.” (John 2:7) These water pots are significant because they were the ceremonial pots used to hold the water that would wash the dust and dirt from the outside but could not cleanse the inside. Jesus was going to utilize these same ceremonial pots, but the contents would change from water into wine symbolizing that the Water of the Word was not enough. It must be changed into the Spirit–the New Wine—which would do something from the inside out instead of the outside in. This shows us that what Jesus did in the beginning in His first miracle is what He came to do in His last hour.
The servants filled the water pots up to the brim and He said, “Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast.” –John 2:8
The governor of the feast marveled when he tasted water that was made wine; he stated to the bridegroom, “Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.” –John 2:10
Have you ever wondered why God chose this turning water into wine as Jesus’ first miracle? At times, Jesus referred to Himself as the vine. The vine, of course, produces grapes, which in turn must be squeezed to produce juice which, after fermentation, turns into wine. However, water must flow through the vine in order to produce grapes. This is a lengthy process. The Miracle of the Mother was her pulling out the creative capacity of the Father from the Son to eradicate what it takes time to produce through the natural process. In like manner, keep in mind that whatever you have drunk in life is always worse in comparison to your future, for Christ has saved the best till last for you as well.
Remember: At the last supper, Jesus served wine and told His followers, “This do in remembrance of me.” On the Cross, He became poured out wine. When resurrected, He became new wine. He wants us today to partake of His new wine—new life.
Thus –“This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth His glory; and his disciples believed on him.” –John 2:11
The Power of a Mother propelled Jesus into His public ministry, and the disciples believed.