Honoring Parents

“When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him,”They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants,”Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim… When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine… “

This is personally one of my favorite “miracle” stories of Jesus from the gospels. According to the time line this is also the first miracle Jesus performs. Which is significant, given the context.

Before the Jesus created the Heavens and the Earth, He and the Father had a plan. A plan that resulted in Jesus dwelling humbly on the Earth as a human, but fully God. A plan that was so divinely timed, that it was prophesied to the day in Daniel 9. A plan that all of creation is still working toward seeing the completion of when Jesus finally returns and we dwell together with Him forever.

Jesus, some of His disciples and his family were invited to a wedding that was ill planned. Half way through the wedding celebration, they had completely run out of wine. Mary, His mother, came to him and asks Him to help out. She knows that He is God, and she knows that He has the power to save the couple the embarrassment of running out of wine, by making more.

PAUSE: Can you imagine being Mary? Being the mother of “God made Flesh”?? It’s nuts! I’m not going to start praying to Mary or carve statutes of her in my backyard, but you have to admire a women who is the human mother of… God in human form. That woman had some stories believe me! UN-PAUSE.

The record detailing the conversation of Jesus and Mary is mostly non existent. We only know that Jesus reminds her that it isn’t yet His time. Then the next thing we see happening is Jesus doing it anyway.

We live in a time and culture where because of broken fathers and mothers through the 60’s and 70’s, parents spend more time apologizing for having to lead their families, and kids spend more time demanding their rights. As a youth minister I witness this all the time. The parent trying to figure out what their kid wants, while the kid issues their own personal “Magna Carta” onto their parental units.

Here we see Mary as the parent of “God made flesh” Jesus. Not even the divine cosmic plan of the Universe can derail Jesus’ obligation to respect and honor His mother. He turns the water into wine, in doing so announces to His disciples and those that noticed, that He was indeed the Christ… before His time.

Parents, kids, teens, even adult sons and daughters, can learn a lot from this example.

Parents: Do not be passive. Your the parent, act like it no matter who your kid is.

Kids: Honor your parents, at every age. If God can interrupt His cosmic plan to obey His earthly parents every excuse you have is now officially trumped.

So get off the internet and go take out the trash.



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