Listen to Mama
John 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
Intro: This is the story of Jesus turning the water into wine at the marriage in Cana. The Bible is clear in verse 11 that this was the beginning of His earthly ministry. This was the first time Jesus – the Son of God had performed a miracle on earth. We could preach about a number of elements in this story, and soon maybe I will. But this morning, as we celebrate Mother’s Day, I want to draw attention to the short but powerful admonition of Mary, the mother of Jesus in this story. Let’s notice a few things by way of introduction that makes her statement even that much more interesting.
- She Had Inside Information – she knew Jesus could do something;
Though the true identity of Jesus Christ had been carefully concealed, Mary KNEW who He was.
For 30 years she had waited for Him to reveal Himself as the Messiah.
She had no doubt who He really was. She had no doubt that He was God.
- She Had Impressive Intuition – she knew Jesus would do something
Even though Jesus had never performed a miracle, His mother had an intuition that He would now.
Isn’t a woman’s intuition something to behold?
She approached him with a problem. He acted like he wouldn’t do anything. But she knew He would.
Notice the text:
- John 2:3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
She didn’t let his discouraging answer deter her anticipation.
Something needed to be done. She knew she was completely incapable of doing anything about it.
She knew that Jesus was the only One that COULD, if He just WOULD.
Her faith in His ability may have been the catalyst that motivated Jesus to perform His first earthly miracle.
- She Had Inspiring Instruction – she knew how Jesus would so something – by using them
She said – He’s going to do something amazing. And he’s going to let you get in on it!!
She had learned by experience that God moving in a mighty way was always contingent on the obedience of others.
She knew that if Jesus chose to do something, He would ask them to do something.
I. The Scope of the Instruction – “Whatsover…”
What a word! Whatsoever!!
DEFINITION: The word literally means: anything at all; no matter what
Mary looked at the servants and prepared them for the possibility that his command might be unconventional.
Mary conveyed to the servants that it would be a mistake to try and logically reason out the command that Jesus might give them.
She had already experienced God’s unconventional methods.
She also knew that God was a “whatsoever” God.
He knew no limits! He was a God of…
- John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
- Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
- Matthew 28:20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
- John 5:4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
II. The Source of the Instruction – “He sayeth…”
NOTE: It wasn’t so much WHAT was being said, as it was WHO it was that was saying it!!
She knew that even as the mother of Jesus, her words lacked the punch; the power; the impact.
She knew that if and when Jesus chose to speak, things would start to happen.
She realized that the SOURCE of the instruction was the key to this whole situation.
She knew that if GOD got involved, things would happen.
There was something different; something unusual about Jesus saying it.
- Matthew 7:28, 29 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
NOTE: The scribes were the ones that penned the scripture for a living. They were as familiar with the Word of God as anybody in their day. They knew it – every jot and tittle. Yet when the Living Word began to speak, it was different. He taught them as one having AUTHORITY!
- John 7:43 So there was a division among the people because of him. And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him. Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.
There was something different about Jesus. When He spoke, it was unprecedented; it was unrivaled.
Mary, the mother of Jesus told the servants, “Whatsoever HE saith; not the
III. The Simplicity of the Instruction – “…do it.”
I love the contrast of her words.
She acknowledged that if and when Jesus spoke, that there is no telling what He would say.
She acknowledged that his command could be anything from simple to unconventional.
She acknowledged that the SCOPE of his command was WHATSOEVER.
But I love the way she simplified this equation.
She counterbalanced the scales.
On one side was the unconventional, unexpected, unprecedented WHATSOEVER.
On the other side was the simplicity of – JUST DO IT.
She had a firm understanding of the power of OBEDIENCE.
She had been approached by a heavenly being over 30 years prior.
The angel had told her that she would give birth to the Messiah; even though she was a virgin.
- Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
Mary’s act of submission; her act of obedience to the words of the angel had changed her life.
Her grasp of the fact that WITH GOD NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE had forever changed her.
Mary looked at the servants and commanded them, “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”
They did just as she said – and look what happened.
I want to urge you this morning – LISTEN TO MAMA!
She knew what she was talking about. This was without a doubt the best advice a mother ever gave!