Mother’s Day 2019
“Mary’s Best Advice”
John 2:1-11 NKJV “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” (My mother, be not anxious. I will act when it is time).
5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
6 Now there were set there six water pots of stone...containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. 9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.”
Now, the context of this story is a wedding.
It is the place where Jesus performed His very first miracle, and it also provides a snapshot of real life.
So I want to draw several applications from it for our own lives that we might learn some valuable lessons.
First, we see that:
Jesus was invited
“Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding” (vs.2).
We don’t know who first invited Him, but we know that it had to have been cleared by the bride and groom, or at least by their family.
So....the first thing I want to point out here is that Jesus comes where He is invited...
He is a gentleman, and will not force Himself on anyone’s life.
God has given all of us a will, and with that will we can let in or keep out of our lives whomever we choose.
—Every heart has a door complete with bolts and locks that only we can unfasten.
The Bible teaches that Jesus desires to come into the lives of every human being on earth.
“For God so loved the (Whole) world, that He gave His only begotten Son...”
But He doesn’t force His way into our space...
Instead, He knocks from the outside in hopes that we will open to Him—but will never kick the door down!
Rev. 3:20 NKJV “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
But....how do you know when Jesus is knocking?
It’s a moment of awareness that He is nudging your heart, that He is speaking to your conscience...
His voice, His words, His Spirit speak to your heart and you know it...
There is a tug toward Him, a sense of needing to confess your sin and get right with Him.
It’s an unmistakable knock!
And we alone can either invite Him in, or keep the door to our heart shut.
So this couple inviting Him to their wedding is a picture of how He must first be invited into our lives.
Then the second thing we see is...
II. A problem arose
The Bible says, “They ran out of wine.”
Someone made a mistake and miscalculated how much wine they would need.
To run out of wine in a first century wedding was a huge blunder that was very embarrassing to the host.
And we see here another truth about life—We all run out of things we need.
In real life you’re always running out of something.
In practical things we run out of money, out of gas, out of food, out of shelter, out of ideas, out of time.
On the inside we run out of strength, out of zeal, out of patience, out of hope, out of love, and sometimes we even run out of faith.
At the wedding they ran out of wine.
Now this is why their decision to invite Jesus to the wedding was so wise—because now a problem has arisen that they can’t fix on their own.
There was no time to run to the nearest wine store and buy enough for all the guests.
The wedding was winding down and was about to end on a sour note.
But one thing they had going for them was Jesus was there when their problem arose!
Likewise, in real life problems are going to come along that you can’t fix.
Marital problems, money problems, temptation problems, children problems, stress problems, health problems—crises that are bigger than we are.
And with every problem we experience, we make a decision where to turn for answers.
Some go to counselors, others to self-help books, or Oprah, or friends, or some kind of religion, Yoga, meditation, or we decide to handle it alone..
But out of everyone at the wedding all the way up to the host, Mary chose to take the problem to Jesus with four simple words: “They have no wine.”
After bringing it to Jesus, Mary gave the best advice a mother could ever give...
Turning to the wait staff that had probably informed her of the problem in the first place, she said to them:
“Whatever He says to you, do it.”
She’s saying, “The answer to your problem will be found in whatever He tells you to do!”
Now, what He told them to do made no sense.
There were six huge empty water pots of stone that held 20-30 gallons apiece, and Jesus said “Fill the water pots with water” (2:7).
But they didn’t need water, they needed wine! This made no sense!
But Mary had said, “WHATEVER He says....do that.”
Very often what Jesus tells us to do with our problems makes no sense because they go against what we would naturally do.
For instance, instead of retaliating against enemies that come along in life, Jesus said:
“Love your enemies...do good to those who hate you” (Matt.5: 44 NKJV). Makes no sense, but it sets you free!
When we’re offended and hurt by someone, rather than holding a grudge, Jesus said:
“But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against,” (Mark 11:25 LB)
Doesn’t make sense to just forgive, but forgiveness sets you free!
We naturally think that the way to be top dog in life is to push and shove and climb the ladder of success, but Jesus said,
“The greatest among you must be a servant...Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Matt. 23:11-12 NLT).
Makes no sense! But it works when you try it!
You see—It’s not whatever the world says do, or people say do, or Oprah says do, or a counselor says do, if what they say doesn’t line up with what Jesus says do!
Finally, we see...
III. The fruit of obedience
When the servants followed Mary’s advice and poured around 120-180 gallons of water into the pots, Jesus said,
“Draw some out now, and take to to the headwaiter” (2:8 AMP).
And when the headwater tasted it he said, “A host always serves the best wine first...Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” (2:9-10)
Somewhere between the servants pouring the water in, and then drawing it out, Jesus turned ordinary water into extraordinary wine.
And when we “do whatever He says,” Jesus turns our ordinary into extraordinary, the natural into something supernatural!
Whatever He says to you, do it!