The Book of John is a book devoted to two major themes:
- Jesus Christ is God in the flesh.
- Jesus Christ is the Messiah who came to save us from our sin.
Through these two major themes, we will be able to see the history of redemption throughout the Book of John. In these 11 verses, there are two things I see that point us to the history of redemption.
First, there is the miracle itself. Jesus performed signs and miracles to show the people that He is God and that He is the Messiah. It’s very interesting to me that on most occasions, He never came out and publicly stated that He is God or that He is the Messiah. Instead, He performed the signs and miracles as proof knowing that those who were to have this truth revealed to them, would have their eyes opened to the truth by God, since the things of God are spiritually discerned.
For example, when Jesus asked His disciples “Who do men say that I am?” He was given a few different answers by His disciples, and then He asked the question a different way. He asked, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” What was Jesus’ response? “Flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father in Heaven has revealed this to you.”
This is why we have so many lies and heresies floating around the world about Jesus. We cannot expect that the world is going to know who He truly is because the world cannot spiritually discern the truth. And that is why we cannot expect the unsaved to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ unless first, there has been regeneration in the heart, which can only come from the Holy Spirit of God working in them. The truth of Jesus Christ can only be discovered by someone who has had their eyes opened to the truth by the Holy Spirit.
The second thing that points us to the history of redemption is the faith of Mary, mother of Jesus. Check out the order of the exchange between them:
- When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”
- 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.”
First, His mother makes a request of Him, without actually asking Him to do anything, but the statement itself is a confession of the need that she has. Jesus replies to her without any clear statement about whether He will fulfill her request or not. Then, Mary exercises her faith by telling the servants to do whatever He tells them to do.
- She trusted that He had the power to grant her request.
- She trusted that He would have compassion on the family and would save them from the embarrassment of running out of wine at the wedding feast.
- She trusted Him enough that she took action by telling the servants to do whatever He tells them to do.
- She trusted that the end result would be beneficial to herself and to everyone else at the feast, even though she did not know what He would do.
Do you know why Mary, the mother of Jesus is going to be in Heaven? It’s not because she was the mother of the Son of God. It’s not because she was chosen to carry Him in her womb. It’s not because she nursed and raised Him.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is going to be in Heaven because of one thing and one thing only: because she recognized the fact that she was a sinner who deserved the wrath of God, and she exercised saving faith in Jesus, knowing that He alone could save her from her sins. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There are NO exceptions, not even to the mother of Jesus, because God is completely righteous and just in all that He does.
We often get caught up in the lie that our faith is validated only when Jesus responds to our request with what we want. But the truth is that our faith in Jesus is validated when we make our request to Him and then trust Him to respond however He chooses and whenever He chooses. We need to have the kind of faith that brings the request to Him and then trusts Him to “do whatever He tells you.” Then we need to trust Him enough to obey Him.
Pray that we would have the boldness in these uncertain times to do whatever He tells us to do.