Journey Group Devotional – 8/11/15
In John 2 Jesus turned water into wine. That is the “what” of His going to the wedding in Cana. As always, Jesus’ words and actions are never random and always instructional on many levels.
Turning a Phrase
Not only did Jesus turn water into wine, Jesus used a phrase that every Journey Group member should learn from:
Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.
These are the first recorded words of Jesus to Mary in John’s Gospel. But the first recorded words of Jesus are in Luke 2 and they are also spoken to Mary. It should come as no surprise that in both instances Jesus was conveying a similar message. It’s one we need to remember.
Luke 2 tells us Jesus went to the Temple with Mary and Joseph. They returned home and didn’t know they left Jesus behind. Frantic parents didn’t find their Child in hours. It was days! When they met, Here’s what happened when they met:
…and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
Don’t you love the understatement? Imagine your emotional state if your child was “missing” for three days! Mary mentioned herself and Joseph. She called Joseph Jesus’ father. Jesus made a distinction about His Father. Furthermore, He put His own life and mission into clear focus: His entire life was a wholehearted deovtion to His Father’s business.
In John 2, Jesus made a similar disctintion. The phrase we read in English doesn’t quite convey the original Greek thought. A side-by-side comparison may help:
- What does this have to do with us? (English translation)
- This is not your place. OR: This is not your business. (cultural idea from Jesus’ day)
What’s the distinction? Jesus set a boundary about who would direct His life, His power, & His ministry. That was not Mary’s place; not her business. It was His Father’s business. That’s the attitude we should have and teach in any Journey Group and in our lives. Respectful to others, but wholly dedicated to Whose we are and being about His business!
Alongside for the Journey!