Critical Situations

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.’ ‘Dear woman, why do you involve me?’ Jesus replied, ‘My time has not yet come.’ This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.” (John 2:1-11)

Was it time for Jesus to reveal his glory? He made the answer very clear to Mary. 4“Dear woman, why do you involve me …My time has not yet come.” But Mary knowing that this is the Son of God attempted to involve him in a critical situation. “They have run out of wine.”

Jesus said that it wasn’t yet His time, and yet, he responded to what was the actual need of that moment. He responded out of recognition of a critical need which could embarrass the bridegroom. In His changing of the water into wine, only the bridegroom was given the credit. The master of the banquet who tasted the wine didn’t even know that the host had run out of wine.

Jesus alone can override his own time line. He has his own time but time is also in his hands. In this passage, Jesus could have simply stuck with his time line – and reveal himself when he should. But it seems to me that in solving a critical situation, He risked his own time line. This is one more a demonstration of how much he cares.

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