Today's questions was "Why do you involve me?" and the word for the morning was intimacy.
The Scripture for the morning was from John 2:1-11 and can be found HERE.
From the message this morning:
We could take this story in many different directions, but this morning our word is intimacy. Here we have Jesus and his disciples, along with Mary at a wedding. Jesus' ministry is starting and we find him here at a wedding -- don't lose this fact. Weddings were huge events in Jesus' time and culture - they would often last days! A big event! Part way into this marriage ceremony/feast/celebration, the hosts have run out of wine - this was a huge, enornmous embarrassment to the family since hospitality was such an important aspect of the cultre. Taking care of one's guests was of great importance.
Then we see this excahnge between Jesus and his mother.
3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
Mary seems expectant that Jesus would do something. (Side note: The greek for "Woman" does not infer disrespect. Its more of a formal greeting.) Even tho Jesus does not seem to want to be involved, Mary seemingly ignores Jesus and tells the servants to do as Jesus tells them.
And the wine was not only plentiful, but awsome, amazing, the best wine ever!
"Woman, why do you involve me?" - our first question of the series.
Mary begins to no longer see Him only as her son, but now as her Savior. His ministry is beginning.
Our word of the day is IMTIMACY -- God's desire is to have an intimate and passionate love affair with you. He longs to sweep you off your feet. To captivate you.
Jesus is at this weddding feast -- a simple, routine event - which prompts us to ask - is He really interested in the simple dilemas of our everyday lives? Our embarrassments and mishaps? Our jobs, friends, fears, disappointments, hurts, joys and celebrations???
YES! The Wedding at Cana story says, YES! He wants all of that and so much more! He wants to be a part of every simple dilema, embarrassment and mistake, in the midst of it. We can invite Chirst into all aspects of our life, no matter how mundane or simple.
Mary knew Jesus could and would do something.
The Cana story says God has arrived and Christ desires four things:
- immediacy (the moment something happens go to Him)
- inclusion (all areas, not the the "important")
- involvement (active in our lives in the good, bad and ugly)
- intimacy (to spend time with us)
Too many of us live in the fear and the plight of inadequacy (I'm not good enough to approach the Savior). I'm not worthy. When we function with that little statement of "humility" (not real humility), we build a wall between ourselves and God. This lie that we are not worthy causes us to stop reaching and seeking and inviting Christ in. We go to God less and less.... we live life on our own. We we stop inviting Jesus into the everyday, ordinary, mundane, seeminly inconsiquential parts of our life, our jars become empty and there will be nothing left.
Do you find yourself in this place?
What's the big deal about the fact that Jesus' first miracle happens here at this wedding??? His first miracle saves a family social embarrassment. He comes alongside and in their moment of social need, saves them embarrassment.
He wants to meet us in the face of everything.