In our last lesson, we saw that Mary simply trusted Jesus to help in a troubling situation. Yet, we also know that Mary knew who Jesus was.
If you were to go back to Luke 2, you would find many different declarations made to Mary and Joseph. These declarations were about the deity and majesty of Jesus, this child of God.
Luke 2:19 then tells us that Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Mary probably did not fully understand what those things meant at the time. Now, however, they appear to be indeed unfolding, making things become clearer than ever before.
Jesus responded to His mother’s request in John 2:4 by saying, “Woman, why do you involve me? My hour has not yet come.”
The term “woman” was a polite way to address any female. (My own grandfather used this term often when addressing my grandmother.) This was not, however, the manner of a son addressing his mother.
So what we can glean from this portion of scripture is that Jesus likely used the term to indicate a new direction not only in His ministry, but also in His relationships.
Mary would one day lose her son, yet she would gain a Savior!
Mary would no longer have the authority over Jesus and His earthly decisions. Instead, Jesus would clearly be the one in authority, not only over Mary, but also over every other human being.
Jesus also knew and made Mary aware that it was not yet His time to go to the cross. He had much work to accomplish in the three years ahead of Him before His death, resurrection, and return to His Father.
The beauty of this is that Mary was also learning who to turn to in times of need. She cast her cares upon the only person who could truly help her.
And then she exercised that trust in Jesus to take care of the family and the needs of others. She instructed the servants to, “Do whatever He tells you.”