Mary, the mother of Jesus, on Jesus

Rightly, Mary, the mother of Jesus, was Blessed and special. She had to be. God the Father chose her to bear God the Son. While visiting her cousin Elizabeth, who at the time was pregnant with John the Baptist, Mary full of the Holy Spirit sung:

My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,  for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name. Luke 1:46-59 (NIV)

Mary knew that God saves and that God is the way to Heaven. Mary also knew that Jesus was the Son of God and was God, and had known since the angel Gabriel had told her she was pregnant and the Holy Spirit had breathed the Word into her. The Gospel of John indicates that Mary was part of Jesus’ travelling group for at least the first few weeks. Mary was there at Cana when Jesus performed His first recorded miracle.

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there,  and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”  They did so,  and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside  and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. John 2:1-11 (NIV)

Mary knew she couldn’t do anything herself about the wine running out. She wasn’t divine. Jesus hadn’t delegated His divinity to her. But she knew Jesus could – as He is the Son of God, with God anything is possible, and she knew that. So Mary told the servants:

“Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:5b (NIV)

Mary pointed away from herself to Jesus, saying I can’t help, but He can. What a beautiful way to remember Mary. She brought Jesus into the World, and was present at important moments of His ministry, including His death and first miracle. And she knew Jesus was, and is, God. She no doubt would have heard Jesus saying something like:

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (NIV)

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