As I read again the story of Jesus’ first miracle, I was struck by the profound life truths and marriage advice found there. You remember the story in John, Chapter 2 –
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; and both Jesus and His disciples were 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 does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.” His mother *said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. Jesus *said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim. And He *said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him. When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom, and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.
Advice for life and for marriage:
1. Jesus was invited to the wedding – we must invite Jesus to our daily lives if we want Him to enjoy it as it was intended.
2. When there was a need, Mary went to Jesus for help – 1 Cor. 7:28 promises all married couples will face many trials in this life. When these trials come (and they will), we need to take them to Jesus, not try to figure things out on our own.
3. Mary gave the very best marriage advice ever given – she turned to the servants and said “whatever he tells you to do – do it”. Other translations say, “listen to him and do what he says”. If more husbands and wives would simply do this, they would experience life and marriage to the fullest. Marriage was never intended to be lived apart from God.
4. Jesus turned ordinary water into fine wine; not cheap, watered-down wine, but expensive, delicious wine. And not just a pitcher or two, but six 20-30 gallon water pots full. If we will invite Him into our daily lives, ask for His help with life’s issues, listen to him and do what he says – he will bless our socks off. He will provide for our needs above and beyond all we can ask or imagine.
So, Mary’s last recorded words are the best marriage advice we will ever receive. We get to choose whether or not to “do” it. Every single day we choose whether to listen to ourselves and do what we say – or listen to Him.
Our marriage will thrive if we invite Him in, give him our needs, listen to him and do what he tells us to do……
Let’s start now, and see what a difference it makes in our relationship.