“Jesus said to her, ’Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.’ ” John 2:4
Very early in his ministry Jesus, together with his disciples, was invited to attend a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. Three days into the feast Jesus’ mother approached Jesus and told him that they had run out of wine.
For a host to run short on any provision for a feast was considered highly irregular and a serious breach of hospitality, some might have even considered it an ill omen for the the future of the bride and groom.
Mary was a relative of the family and had assisted in preparing for the wedding and feeling some responsibility in the matter, and at the same time wanting to promote her son in the eyes of the people, came to Jesus and told him, “They have no wine.”
Jesus’ answer was, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”. The concern Jesus was, in his reply, primarily answering was Mary’s desire to promote Jesus as the Messiah, not the shortage of the wine. This is evident from what Mary does next.
She turns to the servants for the feast and tells them, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
And Jesus then tells the servants to fill six large water pots with water and then to take some of the water to the master of the feast.
When they had done this they found that somewhere between the well and the master’s cup the water had changed to wine.
Mary wanted Jesus to use the occasion to promote himself in the eyes of the people but Jesus knew that it was not the time to make that kind of declaration. Jesus’ purpose for the majority of his ministry was to declare the Heavenly Father’s love, to tell what it meant to be a child of God, and to invite people to be a part of God’s kingdom. It would be at the very end of his ministry that Jesus would stop being shy of announcing himself as the Messiah and that would be because by then his time had come.
Friends, I believe that the time has come for God’s people to proclaim with gladness and boldness the nearness of Christ’s return in glory. I believe that part of what we’re waiting for is for God’s people, and that’s us, to do the work he’s called us to do and that when we do this we’ll begin see even more signs of Christ’s return fulfilled.
Jesus knows when the time is right. He knew two thousand years ago in Galilee and he knows today. The question is will we believe and, in believing, will we obey his call to preach.