Setting the Table

Don’t you love observing Jesus’ mother operate?

In John chapter 1, we watched one disciple after another proclaim Jesus as Messiah and Son of God. In John chapter 2, we get to see Jesus’ Mom treat him as one would only treat someone who is her own son, and who is the Son of God as well! She had clearly seen and believed.

The wedding at Cana was not her first rodeo. She already knew exactly what Jesus is capable of, and exactly what his heart for people is.

So she made a simple request. There was a problem. Jesus had both the power and the will to solve it. So Mary took action and “set the table,” so to speak. She instructed the servants to do whatever Jesus told them to do. This despite the fact that Jesus tried to tell her he wasn’t likely going to do anything. The timing was not right.

Or maybe it was…

“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” (John 3:1-5, NIV).

Are you ready to set the table for Jesus to do amazing things in your life? I hope so.

Don’t over-think the timing. Because Jesus is just as capable, and just as loving today as he ever was. All we need are the eyes of faith that Mary had, and to be fully convinced that what we believe about Jesus is really real.

Our Bible reading for Friday, May 1, is Joshua 19:1 – 21:19, John 2:1-25, Psalm 54:1-7.

Lord, help me to believe that your power and your love are really real, and that they will have a huge impact in my life. Help me to trust and set the table for you, not worrying about the timing. That part is in your hands, Lord, not mine!

Header image based on "Setting 70" by Didriks, CC By 2.0

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I'm married to my beautiful wife Julie and have five kids whose names all begin with the letter A. I'm a pastor at CrossWalk Church in Phoenix, AZ. I love Jesus, my wife, my kids, and my grandkids. Huge Arizona Cardinals fan! Reading, hiking, camping, travel, and fishing are my top 5 downtime pleasures.

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  1. Our Bible reading for Friday, May 1, is Joshua 19:1 – 21:19, John 2:1-25, Psalm 54:1-7.

    Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival, many people saw the signs he was performing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person. (‭John‬ ‭2‬:‭23-25‬ NIV)

    Heavenly Father, your miracles and blessings are eternal. Over history you have done so much for mankind. I believe in Jesus, though my time is centuries after he walked the earth. I believe because of faith in the promises that you have and will deliver. Lord you know my heart and know that I am sinner. I was born to sin, to rebel against you. Lord you know all people and I pray to you today to send them your Spirit and the peace it brings. Lord help me teach others about Jesus, forgiveness, love, and hope.

    ~Paul Montenieri


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