July 6, 2020
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
If we jump ahead to the end of this story, we know that Jesus does decide to get involved at his mother’s request. It’s an interesting view of Jesus. He came to Earth with a powerful mission—one that required all of his will and effort. The fate of mankind literally rested on his shoulders. So why would he decide to get involved in a wedding beverage emergency if it wasn’t yet time for him to be revealed as the messiah?
The first few verses of this story reveal two truths about Jesus for us to meditate on today. First, we see the persuadability of God, manifest in Jesus. Even more profound, his persuadability is not dependent on our worthiness, personal sacrifice, or offering. Jesus has the ability to make a difference in the world, and he chooses to do it, for the sake of the wedding guests and for the love of his mother. Think of the things we regularly pray for: good weather for our grad parties, success in a presentation, a win for our sports team, or our kid getting into a particular school. In the grand scheme of humanity, those are small potatoes. How reassuring to know that Jesus’ attention to those prayers is not due to our efforts but instead due to his great love.
The second truth of who Jesus is, is the amazing power that he wields with apparently no effort. Besides the power to change the chemical composition of water to wine, we see that Jesus’s plan to save all of the world isn’t at all impacted even by something as important as timing. If you have ever watched a heist movie, huge portions of the plot usually hinge on the length of time before an alarm goes off, how long it takes a guard to change shifts, or how frequently a video camera resets. Even in our humdrum lives, timing is critical. Getting to work on time. Nap time for babies. Cooking a meal… We are ruled by time and timing. Here we see Jesus, with everything at stake, unencumbered by the constraints of a calendar or clock.
Today, reimagine Jesus looking at you with both the power to make a difference, and the desire to do good with that power. How does that change your prayers? How does it change how you see yourself? My prayer is for you to see yourself as the treasured child of an all powerful God and to rest in that peace.