Every Miracle Begins with a Problem!
The problem in John 2:1-11 occurs at a wedding.
On the third day, there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Undeterred by Jesus’ reply, believing he can help when there is a problem, his mother turns to the servants and says, “Do whatever he tells you.” This is good advice and it is meant not just for the servants but for all who would follow Jesus. Jesus’ mother has confidence and trust in Jesus and that is the beginning of faith. She says, “Do whatever he tells you,” – act in obedience and faith to what Jesus tells you to do. Sometimes this is the first step toward God acting in our life. If the servants had not listened to Jesus, if they had been disobedient, if they had ignored his instructions, then there would have been no miracle, no water into wine, no blessing for the bride and groom, and family and guests, no sign for the disciples to help them believe in Jesus. Doing what Jesus tells us to do is, for John, the essence of discipleship and the best way for us to live if we are seeking life in all its fullness. “Do whatever he tells you,” is not just a mother’s instruction to a servant at a wedding – it is a motto for Christian living and faith.
Faith is the capacity to view an experience from a particular perspective, it is not absolute certainty or it wouldn’t be faith. To have faith is to be open to God’s revelation in history, in our lives, even in our problems. Faith is a continuous process of reassessment and growth.