I can think of plenty of times when someone wanted me to do something but I didn’t feel ready to do it yet.

When I was a kid it was:
“Take out the trash!”
“It’s time to leave! You’re making me late!”

These days its:
“Take out the trash!”
“It’s time to leave, you’re making us late!”

Ha. Even with some things that I know I should do, and some things that I really want to do, I can feel like I’m just not ready yet. Maybe I shouldn’t feel surprised at the way Jesus responded to his mom when she sought him out at the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee.

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.” John 2:3-5
Does Jesus utter a more human response than this line to his mom at the beginning of his public ministry?

What does that have to do with me?
It’s not time yet.

I feel guilty being that human.

Was Jesus smiling as he said those words? Was he being playful and or sarcastic? Did he just want to experience the feast without having to contribute to it? Had time snuck up on him like it sometimes does on us?

In John chapter 1 we read that the Word, God himself, became flesh, became human. At the start of chapter 2 Jesus responds like humans do. He doesn’t sin, but he asks a human question and makes a human complaint. Then he does the miracle his mom hoped he would. Jesus relates to me and you and he gives us lots of good to do.

Is it time yet?

Pastor John Riley

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