November 10, 2019

October 27, 2019 Do Whatever He Says, and Understand Later


 John 2:1-11

The mother of Jesus, Jesus and His disciples went to a wedding in Cana of Galilee. This wedding probably took months to prepare. Unfortunately not enough preparation was done and the wine runs out at the wedding. Mary asks Jesus to do something about this embarrassing predicament. Jesus responds to his mother that He has nothing to do with the wine. Still, Mary goes to the servants and tells them to do whatever her son tells them.  


Jesus tells the servants to fill six large ceremonial jugs with water. Then Jesus turns the water into wine, and not just any wine but the finest wine ever tasted. 

The main reason Jesus came to the wedding was to show His role in the world. Jesus illustrates this fact through the Revelation's wedding super of the Lamb. Jesus came to be the light of life. This earthly wedding is to symbolize the heavenly wedding banquet. 

Mary telling the servants to follow Jesus instructions is an example for us. Jesus is our Lord and we are to listen without questioning or understanding what Jesus tells us. 

 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure"— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me, "These are the true words of God."
Revelation 19:7-9 ESV

Jesus made wine to show the abundance of life and blessing that will be experienced during the wedding supper.  We need to be excited in anticipation of the great banquet which comes when Jesus returns. Without the anticipation of the banquet, we become complacent and dull.

Jesus foreshadows the last banquet and He prepares us. Anyone who goes to a wedding wears fine clothes and prepares gifts.

it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure"— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
Revelation 19:8 ESV

Jesus reveals himself as the light of men to show them what they need but do not know how to get what they cannot get. Jesus shows us how to get the eternal life that we desperately need. Jesus does this by giving instructions which they cannot understand. Jesus only expected them to follow the instructions and not to understand.

Some of the things the Lord asks us to do is beyond our understanding. Our main role is to commit to whatever he tells us even when we do not understand. He must commit even if it is painful or beyond our ability. The only thing to get into the banquet is to be committed to what Jesus us instructs us to do.

Jesus knew the end from the beginning. This is why Jesus did not taste the wine until all six jugs were filled. Jesus knew the end result. We can be confident that Jesus know what He asks us to do. Jesus knows the end of our lives from the beginning. For this reason we can put our trust in Him. Nothing happens by coincidence when Jesus is involved. We can trust Jesus and find courage. 


 Jesus also knows and has the means to get us to the end. It may seem illogical at times, but Jesus just wants us to have faith so we can do His works. For us that are growing into the Son ship of God, we have opportunities to put our faith in action. 


 We can put our trust in Him because He has put in place supporting aid to help us through. Mary was there to tell the servants to follow Jesus. Mary appears to be an insignificant woman, but God used her. God can use insignificant aids and people to show us what to do. Mary had had a personal revelation of who Jesus was.  Let us do the same through our testimony and obedience to Jesus.



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