“Her Son? Her Lord!”
Mine hour is not yet come. —John 2:4
Read John 2:1-12
A marriage was taking place in Cana. Mary and Jesus were also present. Yes, He was her Son, but the time had arrived that He was going to more clearly reveal that He was the Lord. Already as a twelve year old He needed to be busy with the things of His Father, and now He is about to reveal something of His divine power.
Mary says to Jesus, “They have no wine” (v.3). She speaks with maternal authority. However, this is not the time for Mary to tell Jesus what He should do. When it comes to Christ’s office, He is not to be regarded as her Son but as her Lord! This is what the Lord also teaches her by saying: “Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come” (v.4). As a result of this ex-change Mary learned to say, “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it” (v.5).
At that time the Lord spoke in both word and deed. He does so through His Word today as well. The Apostle John bore witness to all the things Christ did; and yet he knew his readers needed to hear these words of Jesus, “Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
How is the authority of the Lord Jesus revealed in today’s passage?