In John’s gospel we read about Jesus and his disciples attending a wedding. Like the other guests, they have come to celebrate the occasion with feasting. Mary is also there. The mother of Jesus, having held many things in her heart over the last three decades, is the one person at the wedding who sees clearly what is happening around her. The Bridegroom of the Ages has come, but the guests have not yet recognized His presence.
Like all well planned weddings, something goes wrong. The wine runs out. It is the duty of the bridegroom to provide wine for the wedding celebration which is why Mary goes to Jesus to let him know about the problem. It is not just His miracle working that she is calling forth; it is His identity as the Bridegroom that she is tapping into. Jesus’ response is simple, ‘why are you bothering me about this matter? This is not my wedding’ (John 2:1-11).
Jesus is our Bridegroom. John the Baptist responds to questions about Jesus’ growing popularity by saying that the friend of the bridegroom celebrates when he hears his voice. As Jesus began his ministry, His bride has not yet come forth. She is off slumbering and hasn’t adequately anticipated His arrival. The wedding at Cana is not Jesus’ wedding, but it does mark His season of courtship — of us.
Jesus responds to the call of His bride through Mary. She prepares the hearts for Him by telling the servants to do as Jesus directs. The Bridegroom of the Ages provides the best wine. The headwaiter goes to the bridegroom and asks him why he held back on the good stuff.
…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.” – John 2:9-10
We are in the season of celebration. Our Bridegroom, Jesus, provides the best. In every season. Through the work of the Holy Spirit purifying our lives he brings forth the best from us. Like Mary, we must see Jesus for who He really is. Her full perception of him enabled her to ask and receive from Him a gift that was out of season in that moment. It is her relationship with him, her heart posture as a ‘bride’, which allows her to ask and expect of Him.
Let’s gain this heart for ourselves. We are in the season of celebration when we can ask of Him. It will require us to see Him for who he really is. Let us see Jesus as the Bridegroom. He is the One Who desires to give to us what we ask of Him, not from obligation, but as a loving response to our request.
What area are you in need of celebrating, in this season? Jesus has come. He changes our season when we are able to see the fullness of who He is for us.