Friday, March 18, 2011

Stealthy Beginning to a 'Best' Ending

"His mother said to the servants, whatever He says to you, do it." John 2:5(NIV)

Mary was there from the beginning to the end. She was in the stable at his birth, by the cross at his death.

Through the years, she must have taught Jesus the normal, everyday things a mother teaches a son. How to comb his hair. How to wash his clothes. How to bake a cake. How to tie his sandals. Maybe even how to say his first prayers.

But surely, in those final three years, that short time of His official ministry, Mary was the one learning, and Jesus was the one teaching.

Once she learned, she taught others. Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary, a follower of Jesus.

Imagine this day: The wedding host had run out of wine, an embarrassing event in that culture, time, and place. They have no wine, Mary told Jesus. Even as she did, He must have been thinking of how it would all end, how His ministry, just beginning with this first miracle at a wedding in Cana, would end with His death on Calvary.

"Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come," Jesus said.

Moms know their children. Mary knew hers. Though this was only the first of His recorded miracles, even now His time was short, with none to waste. And so, Mary taught the others, quickly and simply, a mother's knowing testimony,"Whatever He says to you, do it."

They did. And then Jesus, as always, didn't just give them something better. He gave them the best.

Said the master of the banquet to the bridegroom, "You have saved the best wine until now."

And that is just like Jesus.