After Jesus chose the disciples, Jesus began His public ministry by performing a miracle. He and His earthly family and friends are attending a wedding. While they are there the wine runs out and Mary tells her son the situation. Jesus, who earlier as a 12 year old submitted faithfully to His mother, responds in a very different way as a grown adult. However, His response is one that will continue to follow Him through His ministry as He teaches how He must die to time. For you see, He is not on His own timetable, but on God’s.
“On the third day a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding as well. When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother told Him, ‘They don’t have any wine.’
‘What has this concern of yours to do with Me, woman?’ Jesus asked. ‘My hour has not yet come.’
‘Do whatever He tells you,’ His mother told the servants.
Now six stone water jars had been set there for Jewish purification. Each contained 20 or 30 gallons.
‘Fill the jars with water,’ Jesus told them. So they filled them to the brim. Then He said to them, ‘Now draw some out and take it to the chief servant.’ And they did.
When the chief servant tasted the water (after it had become wine), he did not know where it came from—though the servants who had drawn the water knew. He called the groom and told him, ‘everyone sets out the fine wine first, then, after people have drunk freely, the inferior. But you have kept the fine wine until now.’
Jesus performed this first sign in Cana of Galilee. He displayed His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.” John 2:1-11
It is not that Jesus was showing disrespect to His mother. It could be viewed as Jesus helping Mary to make the transition from the mother/son relationship to one that is fully God/Son. Jesus, while He honors His mother’s concern regarding the lack of wine for the guests, He does not do it because she wants it done right then. He does it out of obedience to God and when He requests it to be done. Jesus will demonstrate this dying to time again with His own brothers as they try to push Him into jumping ahead of God’s schedule.
“Jesus told them, ‘My time has not yet arrived, but your time is always at hand. The world cannot hate you, but it does hate Me because I testify about it—that its deeds are evil. Go up to the festival yourselves. I’m not going up to the festival yet, because My time has not yet fully come.’ After He had said these things, He stayed in Galilee.” John 7:6-9
So many times we try to rush things. We want God to work on our schedule and bow down to our time frame. Yet, the result is more stress and less peace in our lives. If we could learn to die to time the way Jesus did, to listen to God’s voice and do things when He wanted them done, the result would an abundant, stressfree, peaceful life that points straight to our God.