On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be Jesus’ mother. Yeah, he was the perfect child, I’m sure, but she wouldn’t have been the perfect mother. She probably questioned herself a lot, wondering if she was doing a good enough job raising God-incarnate. This passage in John gives us a little glimpse of the kind of mom she was and the relationship they had. It makes me think that she did okay.
In this passage we see one of the few recorded interactions between Jesus and his mother and we are given insight into how we should interact with Him, as we learn from the expert.
This wedding was most likely a family that Mary was very close to because they confided in her that they had run out of wine. So, what did Mary do? From the looks of things she went directly to Jesus. No other intervention was mentioned. There isn’t even a new sentence, just a comma. They told her their problem, she pivoted and told Jesus.
She did not tell Jesus what she wanted Him to do about the problem, she just told him the problem.
Jesus responds to her with what seems to be an exclamation and then an explanation of why her request was beyond the appropriateness of the situation.
Without hesitation, without a trace of doubt, Mary turns back to the wedding hosts and says, “Do whatever He tells you.”
She doesn’t say to them, “You try to find a way to get more wine and keep praying and maybe He will help you.” She doesn’t say, “Sorry, but it’s not possible. He’s not going to be able to help you because it is too ridiculous of a request.” She doesn’t even say, “If it’s his will, He will help you.”
She just says, “Do whatever He tells you.”
I think that Mary knew Jesus enough to know that she could trust Him to take care of her friends in their time of need. I think it’s possible that she had not stopped treasuring up in her heart things that she had seen in this Son of hers, and she knew Him well enough to somehow know that He could, and would, help. I don’t know what she thought, but I do love the certainty with which she thought it.
And we know that He did pull through for her and for the wedding hosts. He not only pulled through but He did far more abundantly than all that (she) asked or thought, (Ephesians 3:20)
Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.”
This loving response to the request of his mother for the need of her friends Jesus did, even though by so doing, it meant His time had come. He was officially on a timeline heading to Jerusalem.
This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
Let’s use Mary’s example when we pray. As soon as we recognize a need, turn to Jesus and tell Him what it is. Then, trust that He will hear our need and respond in the most abundantly loving way that He knows is needed. And then, do whatever He tells you.