Column – ALWAYS MINDFUL OF HIM
King Solomon believed love was an “unquenchable fire, as strong as death.” The Song of Solomon, Chapter 8. Seekers long for a God who loves. Scoffers demand a God who loves. The truth is we have a God who not only loves, but is love. Listen to the sound of Love speaking in John chapter 2, “Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come.” This expression uttered without context might lead one to believe that Jesus was distant, even cold towards Mary. But contained within the whole story is a declarative love that lies profound in its utter simplicity.
After the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist but prior to any public appearances or ministry, Jesus and four disciples were invited to a wedding. Mary, His mother was also there. At some point in the festivities the wine ran short, in fact ran out. Mary informed Jesus that “they have no wine,” and Jesus in spite of the above mentioned response, performed His first recorded miracle. Mary knew her son and told the servants to do whatever He told them to do, which was to “fill the water pots with water.” Jesus the man, loved first His mother and fulfilled her desire and turned the water to wine, the best of wine, and Jesus, Son of God, fulfilled His heavenly Father’s desire to keep the host of the wedding from being embarrassed.
Creation remained undisturbed as the process of wine making proceeded undefiled and un-corrupted, just miraculously sped up. No miracle of Jesus was ever outside God’s original creative act. Fish and bread were multiplied but not made from sea-weed. We remember that stones were not turned to bread, even in the face of great hunger. Nor would Jesus have performed the wedding miracle apart from His Father’s will. He would have given Himself to the cross at that very moment instead. His work was His Father’s work. “Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” Luke 2:49
Finally, this work of His “before His time” of preaching, teaching, healing, raising the dead, exorcising demons, and calming nature, remained anonymous for the time being to all except the few participants and close observers, namely His mother, disciples, and the servants. The occasion was the wedding. If you look for God’s glory here, you will find it in His desire to be removed from center stage. His glory will be watching the joy of a first century wedding, as it were, from behind a curtain. If you look for God’s love here, it cannot be hidden. For in Jesus lives the living portrait of the Father. His mother, His friends, some knowing and some unknowing, all experienced that day what Love gives. God the Father watched over it all.
“Charity [Love], seeketh not her own.” 1 Corinthians 13:5