“Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.’ ” John 2:4 (NKJV)
Jesus and His disciples, along with His mother, had been invited to a wedding in Cana of Galilee. The host was generous with his wine, and during the wedding feast and celebration the wine supply was soon depleted. This predicament came to the attention of Mary, who took it upon herself to inform her Son, Jesus.
Jesus, however, showed no interest in her concerns. But Mary, knowing who her Son was, went to the servants and told them to do whatever Jesus requested. Now, even though He had not shown concern for the situation, and even stated that His hour had not yet come, he approached the servants. He instructed the them to fill six large water pots, capable of holding 20 to 30 gallons each. And they did, filling them to the very brim. Jesus then instructed them to draw some of the water out and present it to the master of the feast.
“When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, ‘Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!’ ” John 24:9-10
Take a moment to consider this event. This is at the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry. He had not yet performed miracles. It was not even His hour, when He would be revealed for who He was, and introduced to the entire world. Yet this small miracle was just what was needed, a gentle yet magnificent revelation of His power and might. While we would not call it His greatest miracle, it was still miraculous. No one had ever made wine from water before. Nobody had even thought of such a thing. Yet this man of God, who was God, simply spoke words and a miracle was done. The very best wine was created in an instant, at the simple command of His mouth.
Mary knew. She understood of the pending embarrassment of the bridegroom because of the lack of enough wine. She also knew her Son. She knew who He was. And she knew He was meant for great things. She did not know how or what He would do, but she knew He could. And it turned out, since she took a chance and told Him of the bridegroom’s plight, that the trust she had put in Him was well rewarded.
Why then, when we find we only have water, do we not trust Him to turn it into the finest of wines? Why do we think He won’t do that for us, when He was willing to do it at a wedding? If He is God, as well as Jesus, then He is also our Father, and what father withholds the very best from his own children?
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11
Jesus is Our Hope. He is the One and Only, He is the Day Star, He is our Caregiver. He will give us what we need, when we need it, and how we need it. He may give us more; He may not. But He will always give us enough. He is always enough for us, when we truly know Him and serve Him. And He will always turn our water to the finest of wine, because to Him, His children receive the very best!
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