What Jesus Did! 'Timing is Everything' — John 2:3-4

Friday, January 31, 2014

At the wedding there was not enough wine. After the wine was all gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine." Jesus answered, "Dear woman, you should not tell me what to do. It is not yet time for me to begin my work."
— John 2:3-4
Illustration of John 2:3-4 — "They have no more wine."   ——   "Dear woman, you should not tell me what to do. It is not yet time for me to begin my work."

Key Thought

For us, timing is everything. Deliver the punch line of a joke without enough pause, or too much pause, and the joke falls flat. Rush a proposal in marriage, and you may not be taken seriously. Apply for a job at the wrong time and you won't be hired. Jesus lived "on the clock." He lived by God's sense of timing, so he ordered his plans based on God's will and God's timing. He came to the world at just the right time. He went to the Cross at just the right time. He was raised from the dead at the time he had promised. While we may not ever know exactly what time it is in our world, we can base our lives on the will, work, and timing of God. To do otherwise would be to miss the redemptive moment in the lives of many people God wants us to influence.

Today's Prayer

Father, I know I will never have the same sense of timing in my life that Jesus did for his, but please make me more alert to your timing in my life as I commit to make my heart more open to your will. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Two days later there was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there. Jesus and his followers were also invited to the wedding. At the wedding there was not enough wine. After the wine was all gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine." Jesus answered, "Dear woman, you should not tell me what to do. It is not yet time for me to begin my work." Jesus' mother said to the servants, "Do what Jesus tells you to do." In that place there were six large waterpots made of stone. The Jews used waterpots like these in their washing ceremonies. Each waterpot held about 20 or 30 gallons. Jesus said to the servants, "Fill those waterpots with water." So the servants filled the pots to the top. Then Jesus said to the servants, "Now take out some water. Carry the water to the master of the feast." So the servants brought the water to the master. Then the man in charge of the wedding feast tasted it, but the water had become wine. The man did not know where the wine came from. But the servants that brought the water knew where it came from. The master of the wedding called the bridegroom. He said to the bridegroom, "People always serve the best wine first. Later, after the guests have become drunk, people serve the cheaper wine. But you have saved the best wine until now." This was the first miracle that Jesus did. Jesus did this miracle in the town of Cana in Galilee. So Jesus showed his greatness. And his followers believed in him. Then Jesus went to the town of Capernaum. Jesus' mother and brothers and his followers went with him. They all stayed in Capernaum a few days.

John 2:1-12

Related Scripture Readings

Jesus said to his brothers, "The right time for me has not yet come. But any time is right for you {to go}. The world cannot hate you. But the world hates me. Why? Because I tell the people in the world that they do evil things. So you go to the festival. I will not go to the festival now. The right time for me has not yet come."

John 7:6-8

But when the right time came, God sent his Son. God's Son was born from a woman. God's Son lived under the law. God did this so that he could buy the freedom of the people who were under the law. God's purpose was to make us his children.

Galatians 4:4-5

So be very careful how you live. Don't live like people who are not wise. But live wisely. I mean that you should use every chance you have for doing good, because these are evil times. So don't be foolish with your lives. But learn what the Lord wants you to do.

Ephesians 5:15-17

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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