If Jesus’ “hour had not yet come,” why the miracle?

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). After this conversation Jesus did indeed change the water into wine. Did Jesus give in to His mother? Why did He perform this miracle if “His hour” had not yet come? Why did He perform His first miracle at a wedding? Why use the water (which was to be used for ceremonial cleansing) at all? Why not just create wine from nothing? I hope to use the next few blogs to explore this first miracle of Jesus that John calls “the first of the signs through which He revealed His glory” (John 2:11). We will address only a question or two at a time. Maybe there was a lot more to this conversation than John, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, decided to share. Nevertheless, Jesus did perform the miracle after this conversation. Why? Did Jesus give in to His mother and alter His plans? Why did He perform this miracle if “His hour” had not yet come? Jesus lived on a “heavenly timetable,” marked out for Him by the Father. Eight times in this gospel Jesus is going to refer to this hour, five times prior to chapter twelve He will say my hour has not yet comeThree times after chapter twelve He said my hour is here. I believe Jesus used this expression to say the time to publically reveal my glory has not yet come. In order to answer our question we must remember some important Scripture. We must remember that Jesus is full of the Holy Spirit and was being led by the Spirit (Matt. 4:1, Luke 4:1). Jesus humbled Himself by taking on flesh (Heb. 2:9, Phil. 2:6-8).  Jesus and the Father are one (John 10:30, John 17:21). The Father sent the Son into the World (1 John 4:14). Jesus never sinned. He never acted contrary to the will of the Father. When Jesus decided to turn the water to wine it was because the Spirit, in that moment, confirmed to Him that the time had come. If Jesus responded to the leading of the Holy Spirit, how much more so do we need to yield to the Spirit in our lives? Stay tuned for more.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). After this conversation Jesus did indeed change the water into wine. Did Jesus give in to His mother? Why did He perform this miracle if “His hour” had not yet come? Why did He perform His first miracle at a wedding? Why use the water (which was to be used for ceremonial cleansing) at all? Why not just create wine from nothing? I hope to use the next few blogs to explore this first miracle of Jesus that John calls “the first of the signs through which He revealed His glory” (John 2:11). We will address only a question or two at a time. Maybe there was a lot more to this conversation than John, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, decided to share. Nevertheless, Jesus did perform the miracle after this conversation. Why? Did Jesus give in to His mother and alter His plans? Why did He perform this miracle if “His hour” had not yet come? Jesus lived on a “heavenly timetable,” marked out for Him by the Father. Eight times in this gospel Jesus is going to refer to this hour, five times prior to chapter twelve He will say my hour has not yet comeThree times after chapter twelve He said my hour is here. I believe Jesus used this expression to say the time to publically reveal my glory has not yet come. In order to answer our question we must remember some important Scripture. We must remember that Jesus is full of the Holy Spirit and was being led by the Spirit (Matt. 4:1, Luke 4:1). Jesus humbled Himself by taking on flesh (Heb. 2:9, Phil. 2:6-8).  Jesus and the Father are one (John 10:30, John 17:21). The Father sent the Son into the World (1 John 4:14). Jesus never sinned. He never acted contrary to the will of the Father. When Jesus decided to turn the water to wine it was because the Spirit, in that moment, confirmed to Him that the time had come. If Jesus responded to the leading of the Holy Spirit, how much more so do we need to yield to the Spirit in our lives? Stay tuned for more.

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