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According to the flesh, Jesus was the son of Mary. Therefore even though Jesus was God, He too had to submit to Mary just like any child must obey his parents. However, the Lord also wanted Mary to know that although she was His mother, she did not have any authority to instruct Him to exercise His divine powers. The decision to perform a miracle lay solely between Him and the Heavenly Father. Mary, a created being had no rights to interfere with the decision of the creator. She had trespassed the boundary of her relationship as the mother of Jesus by instructing Him - the Lord of the Universe, to perform a miracle as one would instruct her child. It was therefore necessary for the Lord to remind Mary that with regard to the matter of performing miracles, she had nothing to do with Him. Mary was merely a “woman” to Him and no longer His mother. She was in no position at all to use her relationship as His mother to make such a request.

From Jesus’ reply “My hour has not yet come”, we understand that it was not the time to perform miracles to reveal His identity as the Son of God. Now that the Lord had begun His ministry, whatever He did had to be in accordance to the Father’s will and this included the performing of miracles – “unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner (John 5:19)(NASB).” To perform a miracle publicly at a wedding feast in order to reveal His identity as the Son of God, was obviously not appropriate in terms of the time and venue. To do so would be to direct the focus of the wedding away from the bride and bridegroom and place it upon Himself. Instead of revealing Himself as someone who was understanding, the Son of God would be deemed as insensitive. In assessing the situation, the Lord eventually chose to perform this miracle in secret: ‘When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”’ In doing so, the Lord was able to help the bridegroom to solve his problem without interrupting the wedding and at the same time revealed His glory as the Son of God: “This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.”

What the Lord had done in Cana was not merely the performing of a miracle, His handling of Mary’s request and the running out of wine at the marriage feast revealed that He was the King of Truth. In all things Jesus had resolved them fittingly and therefore flawlessly manifested His glory as the only begotten Son of God.