Whatever He Tells You
03 July 2018
GraceNotes – A Journey of Discovery
Scripture: John 2:1-12 (Click link for scripture in Bible Gateway)
1 The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” 5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8 he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions. 9 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. 10 “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!” 11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him. 12 After the wedding he went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples. (John 2:1–12 NLT)
Jesus had collected at least four disciples now: Andrew, Peter, and Philip from Bethsaida, and Nathanael from Cana. They arrived in Nazareth just in time to be invited to a week-long wedding celebration in Cana, just four miles away. Jesus, his mother, his brothers, and his new disciples all went off to the wedding. A crisis soon developed because the wine supply ran out and Mary was concerned. She presented the problem to Jesus, but he opted out with the remark, “Dear woman, that’s not our problem.” Mary ignored his reply and told the servants to do whatever Jesus said to do. That’s still good advice for servants, friends! Do whatever Jesus tells you!
After instructing the servants to fill six stone water jars with fresh water (total capacity 120 to 180 gallons), he told them to dip out a sample and take it to the MC. Behold, it was now fine, very high-class wine! Here’s my takeaway: 1) Jesus is present to help a neighbor in need, not just to change history. 2) Jesus likes a good party and hates to see it end too soon. 3) Don’t be surprised that the Creator of the Universe likes good wine. 4) Always do what your Mother tells you to do!
Father, Thanks for this story! It helps me understand more about you and about your Son Jesus and about what really matters in the grand scheme of things! Amen!