His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:5
If you were Jesus, how would you announce your ministry? Would you hold a huge press conference? Start big…raise someone from the dead? Peel back your flesh to reveal the brightness of your glory? Turn water into wine at a wedding? Wait, what???
“On the third day…” John tells us Jesus is at a wedding. Crisis ensues. The wine runs out. Major social faux pas. “They have no wine,” the mother of Jesus says to Him.
Though He has not yet performed any miracles, she knows He can do something about this. We know so little about the childhood and early adulthood of Jesus. What had she seen? How long she must have been waiting for what the angel revealed to her thirty years earlier to come to pass.
“Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” Jesus replies. Not disrespectfully, but matter-of-factly. His mother does not fully know, but Jesus knows, that His hour will involve His suffering and bloodshed.
One might think that is the end of the discussion. Not Mary. She turns to the servants and says, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Do. Whatever. He. Tells. You.
Tucked in the corner of the room are six stone water jars used for Jewish rights of purification; ceremonial cleaning according to the law. Jesus instructs them to fill the jars with water. The men aren’t sure how this will help with the wine situation, but they obey. They fill them to the brim…and they wait to see what Jesus will do with it...
Questions: How would you introduce yourself to an audience? What words or actions would you use for them to know more about you?