The Problem

The Problem

31 July 2009


1 The next day Jesus’ mother was a guest at a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. 2 Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother spoke to him about the problem. “They have no more wine,” she told him. (John 2:1-3 NLT)

Jesus’ mother spoke to him about the problem. This was a problem of poor planning, or not enough money, or an unexpectedly large number of guests, or something. It doesn’t really seem like a problem of “Biblical Proportions” but it was a big problem to the family hosting the week-long wedding feast.

Jesus’ mother spoke to him about the problem. I suppose that Jesus, as the oldest son, in the absence of Mary’s husband Joseph, was the one she was accustomed to turning to when problems arose.

People still tell Jesus about the problems they experience – problems of not enough of this, or too much of that, or “What do we do now, Jesus?”

I’m so thankful that when Jesus’ mother spoke to him about a problem, he took a moment, drew upon the resources of heaven, and quietly turned jars of water into wine – the finest wine. I’m thankful he cared enough to save the host from embarrassment, to help make the wedding celebration a joyful occasion.

I’m even more thankful that when I speak to him about a problem – my problem – he still takes time to draw upon the resources of heaven and speak the words that help. I know Jesus is not only a problem-solver. He’s the Savior of the world and the Lord of the universe. But he’s also a problem solver and he cares enough about me to meet my needs and help me with my problems.


Thank you, Jesus, for being the one I can tell about my problems. Thank you that in the grand scheme of salvation and redemption and being Lord of Lords and King of Kings, you still have time to care about me and my problems. Thanks for taking time to help me. Thank you, Jesus! Amen.

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