After an amazing church service in Capernaum, Jesus was invited to Simon’s (aka Peter) house (Luke 4:38-39). Simon decided to take Jesus home with him from church. What a novel idea? How many times have we left Jesus at church?
One Sabbath, while Jesus was teaching in the Synagogue, a man possessed by an unclean spirit cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him” (Mark 1:24-25)! During many of His encounters with demons Jesus commanded the demons to keep silent.
Has desperation or crisis ever driven you to Christ? In John chapter 4 there is a story of a father who is desperate and panicked. He is consumed with fear for his son’s life. He traveled 20 miles to meet with someone he has only heard can perform miracles. This nobleman, a man of means, did not send a servant, or any other member of his household to Christ, but came himself. The nobleman would spare nothing, if it were possible to save the life of his child. Can you relate? Who wouldn’t seek out the best doctor or hospital to save their child?
The setting was a wedding. Mary had told Jesus there was no more wine and then she instructed the servants to do whatever Jesus said. Check out what happened next. Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
The conversation between Jesus and Mary at the wedding in Cana, and the subsequent miracle, certainly raises a lot of questions (John 2:1-12). The answers to those questions are quite profound. The conversation between Jesus and Mary, which seems extremely awkward, went like this; “When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:3-5).