It Never Hurts to Ask

The first miracle.  Jesus had been baptized by John and had just called his first few disciples.  He still lived in Nazareth and got an invitation to a wedding.  It wasn’t a healing miracle.  He didn’t raise someone from the dead or calm the winds.  It was simply turning plain old water to wine.  It was a miracle of providing something that could have been done without.  The blind needed a miracle.  Wine wasn’t necessarily needed but Jesus supplied it anyway.  It doesn’t hurt to ask.  All he can do is say no.  Jesus said we can ask him anything.  Then we wait to see what’s in the Father’s will.  Truth is he says yes a lot more than he says no.

John 2: 1And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, 10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

Cana was a little town in the valley down from Nazareth.  Evidently Mary and the family had kin people or close friends there.  Jesus was getting ready to leave home and step out into his public ministry.  The wedding invitation went out.  Jesus and his disciples also were invited.  They went.  Jesus wasn’t in charge of it.  He was only a guest.  Jesus doesn’t turn down invitations.  Invite him and he’ll come.

For some reason there was no wine.  They didn’t use punch or coffee like we do.  They used the new juice of the vine to start a new life.  It was fresh squeezed juice that spoke of the newness of love.  Maybe in all the wedding preparations they forgot it.  They could have done without it.  When Mary heard that they had no wine she went to Jesus.  We ought to go to Jesus with everything.  We sin more by not going to him.  We need to consult the Lord about routine matters of life.  That’s what letting him be Lord of our life means.

In response to Mary’s statement that they had no wine Jesus said Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.  He simply meant ‘what has this to do with me?’  He was the Son of God and came to save the world.  Doing something about having no wine had nothing to do with that mission.  Jesus is Savior.  We need him as our Shepherd and Captain of our Salvation.  May didn’t question Jesus’ statement.  She just looked at the servants and said whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

We have not because we ask not.  Jesus didn’t come to provide things for people’s weddings but he didn’t turn them down.  You know your children by the look in their eyes.  You can tell what they’re thinking.  Mary gave the best advice ever.  Whatever Jesus tells you to do, do it.  It doesn’t hurt to ask.  What does Jesus have to do with the little areas of our life?  It should be everything.  We rob the glory from God all the time when we don’t realize how much he does.  Can he not do it better than we can?  Absolutely, he can!  Mary showed us not to be hesitant in asking.  It takes faith to ask for big things. It takes just as much faith for the little things.  Remember little things work into big things.  The Lord can nip things in the bud if we give him the bud.  Ask him and then whatever he says do, do it.

Jesus asked the servants to do something that wasn’t hard.  The water pots were empty.  Jesus told them to fill them to the brim with water. Water?  Maybe they thought well, I guess we can just drink water.  The water is symbolic of the Word of God.  We need the Word in our life.  Fill your life to the brim with the Word and you’ll be helped.  They filled the pots.  Jesus told them to take a sample of it to the governor of the wedding.  He tasted everything first.  Upon tasting it he called for the bridegroom.  He said every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.  The servants knew where it came from.  Jesus changed the water.

He can make a change in our life too. Don’t be hesitant in asking.  He wants us to be happy.  He can make a change in everything.  It doesn’t hurt to ask him.

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