And the third day
there was a marriage
and his disciples,
This situation would have been about providing physical wine for a physical wedding party ... except Mary knew who Jesus really was. God had told her what to name the child before He was even born.
Jesus saith unto her,
to do with thee?
Of course He would have known. He is God and knows all things, the "Alpha and Omega" from the beginning to the end.
The miracles of Jesus had to be selective because He still was only one physical person fulfilling the will of the Father, therefore He had to allow His time and energy to be limited by the earthly dimension in which He was living.
His mother saith unto the servants,
he saith unto you,
. . .Of course ... Mary already knew that Jesus had His own agenda.
Actually the very opposite is true. By saying, "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it"... she was submitting to His preeminent spiritual authority ... following His lead ... making His agenda her agenda as well ... and ... acknowledging that Jesus had His own plan.
"While he yet talked to the people,
behold, his mother and his brethren stood without,
desiring to speak with him.
Then one said unto him,
"Behold, thy mother
and thy brethren stand without,
desiring to speak with thee.
But he answered
and said unto him that told him,
Who is my mother?
and who are my brethren?
And he stretched forth his hand
toward his disciples,
Behold my mother
and my brethren!
shall do the will of my Father
which is in heaven,
the same is my brother,
and sister, and mother."
However ... at the same time ... it is vital to keep in mind ... that without obedience to the specific will of God, we are demonstrating that we actually do not know Christ or possess eternal life ... at all.
Therefore, "faith without works is dead." (James 2:20) ... So without works ... faith in this case ... does not really exist in the person's life at all.
Yes, we are human so we are gong to make some mistakes and "miss the mark" (sin) at times ... but this is not the basic sin of rebellion from which we are initially forgiven when Christ comes into our life (or we would have to remain in a continual state of having to be saved over and over again) ... Instead ... it is that type of sin that happens to occur ... as we learn how to wisely function in this fallen world.
The miracles He did were intended to reveal two things:
Jesus came to teach man that without faith via the Word of God, it is impossible to really understand what is happening in the unseen realm in which God resides.
Now Jesus came to teach how to morally function ... spiritually ... through the power of the Holy Spirit ... through faith ... and Spirit of God ... that resides in the Word of God.
six waterpots of stone,
a ritual purgation or washing]
The ceremonies God gave to His people in the beginning were designed to teach them the symbolism of what was to come. The sacrifice of the lamb was a foreshadow of the sacrifice of Christ, etc. However ... even at that time ... righteousness came through faith in the known Word of God.
"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63)
Such is the case with the Apostle, Stephen, when he was selected to minister to the widows. (See Acts, Chapter 6)
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