As a Christian I believe and know that Jesus came to serve others. We see it in a variety of ways. Through His miracles Jesus served others, as well as through His words and actions.
At the age of 12 Jesus had left the Caravan, gone back to Jerusalem, and was listening and teaching at the temple. When His parents found Him there, Jesus’ mother, Mary, gave Him a mild reprimand. Jesus’ reply was, “Did you not know I would be in my Father’s house?”
This wasn’t an act of disobedience, as much as a way of telling His parents, this is where I come from, this is my calling, and oneday soon I will leave you to do my fathers bidding. Jesus wasn’t serving notice. He was actually showing an act of service, of kindness to His parents. He wanted them to understand what was to come.
In Chapter two in the Gospel of John, Jesus performs His first Miracle. Let’s take a look at it.
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, (2:4 The Greek for Woman does not denote any disrespect. )why do you involve me?”Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”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.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
We’ve all heard and read this passage before. Jesus turns the water that the servants put in the jars or jugs into wine. It was done in plain sight, and many people saw it occur, right before there eyes.
Yet there’s more to it than that. Yes, this was an act of service to the bride, groom and wedding party. But, it was even more so, an expression of love and respect for Mary’s request. Jesus is 33 years old when this miracle occured. He had not publically done any miracles, or healings. Yet upon a request from His mother, He begins His ministry. Jesus states quite frankly that, “Woman, why do you involve me, my hour has not yet come.”
Jesus’ official ministry did begin that day. He served others as well as His mother by performing a miracle. Jesus’ love and empathy for others is well documented. Here, in these passages, we see the bond and the love He has for His earthly mother.
Perhaps you’re not close to you mother. To be honest in recent years I have not been close to mine. Yet I think of her often, I pray for her well being, and yes, I will be seeing her tomorrow.
I call this the mothers day passage, because Jesus struck just the right balance, between love, obedience, respect and need. May your mother’s day be a blessed one.