“His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.””
(John 2:5 ESV)
In the second chapter of John, Jesus attended a wedding along with his disciples. Mary, his mother, was also there. And she brought a problem to Jesus’ attention.
She pointed out that there was no more wine. While we might wonder why this was such a big deal, it amounted to a major disgrace in their culture. As hosts, it was expected that you would provide enough food and wine for your guests for the duration of the celebration.
She brought this concern to Jesus, knowing who he was and that he could certainly do something about it. However, as she does so, he appears hesitant to help. He points out to her that it wasn’t an issue that concerned him. He told her that his hour had not yet come.
Yet, even with this response, Mary told the servants to do whatever Jesus instructed them to do. If he did decide to help, she wanted to be sure that his instructions were followed. She wanted to make sure that the need for wine was satisfied.
It isn’t fully explained to us, but Jesus does take action. Perhaps he did so in order to honor his mother. There were six stone water jars, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. These were there for the Jewish rites of purification. And Jesus instructed the servants to fill the jars with water.
As we read this, we might wonder what good this would do. It wasn’t water that was needed, but wine. And I suspect that this thought went through the minds of the servants as well.
Jesus then told them to draw some out and take it to the master of the feast. Knowing that they’d just filled the jars with water, this would seem just as illogical. And this may have made them reluctant to follow through.
However, as we read on in the text, we see that the water had become wine. In fact, it had become a very good wine. Even though they seemed like nonsense, as the servants followed Jesus’ instructions, he provided for their need.
This is something we must bear in mind as well. Quite often, as we read Scripture, it doesn’t seem that his instructions, that his Word, will provide for our need. Given the situation in which we find ourselves, his Word doesn’t seem to fit. And, for this reason, we completely disregard it. But knowing who Jesus is, and knowing what he is capable of, we must follow Mary’s instructions as well. We must do whatever he tells us to do. Even if it doesn’t make sense to us, Jesus is working to provide for our needs and for the needs of those around us.