On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” (John 2:1-5)
This is the account of the first miracle that Jesus performed.
The thing that has always been curious to me is His seeming reluctance to actually perform a miracle. It seems that He is not in agreement with His mother’s conviction that He should do something. He says, “It’s not My time….”
Well, was Jesus wrong? Or was His mother wrong? And did Jesus change His mind about the issue or simply submit to a manipulating mother? This is a very interesting situation. Here’s another text to consider before we proceed.
And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. (Luke 2:51-52)
Of course Jesus was only twelve when it says that He continued in subjection to his mother. But He was still God incarnate. Jesus actually increased in wisdom and stature.
This means that He learned. But wait, how does Omniscience learn?
We see from this passage that Jesus, though God Incarnate, lived fully as a human. He developed as a human and operated under the same conditions and limitations that we all face. His human brain didn’t come out of His mother’s womb with omniscience already encoded. He learned who He was by inquiry, Bible study, meditation, prayer, and experiences. He learned how to discern His Father’s leading.
When the wedding at Cana happened, Jesus was in a place of contented waiting. For 30 years it had been an assignment of quiet faithfulness. The first 90% of His life was a hidden one. How would He know when to launch into the things that would incite publicity, popularity…and opposition?
Jesus recognized the Father’s invitation into supernatural ministry through the urgings of His mother. There is no doubt that God had used Mary many years before to initially instruct Jesus about His miraculous conception, birth, and destiny. Now the Father once again used this familiar voice to direct the Son of God.
This is not weakness on the part of Jesus. This is humility. The Father has the right to use anything and anyone to speak to us at anytime. And it often pleases the Father to reveal His will to each of us by using the people God has placed around us.