I always wondered why Jesus told the little girl’s parents not to say anything about the miracle of bringing her back from the dead. I always assumed and read in a few places that the reason was because Jesus wasn’t ready to begin heavy confrontations with the religious leaders. I’m sure this was part of it, but one of the notes in my Bible also suggested that Jesus also wanted to have the actions of His miracles speak for themselves. People were swarming all around Jesus and it was clear that He could heal the sick. He wanted people to come to Him freely, which is exactly how He wants us to come to Him now. He does not want us to be forced, but He wants us to make Him a part of our lives.
The story of Jesus turning water into wine is always a favorite of mine. However, this time, I noticed something different as I read it. When Mary asked Him to do something about the wine shortage, she was not necessarily asking Jesus to perform a miracle. When you read verse 5 it says, “His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”” which very well may have been Mary asking Jesus to help solve the problem. In either case, I think we are like that with God sometimes. We want God to solve our problems like its some sort of puzzle we got stuck on. The reality is that God is capable of performing a miracle that may or may not be within our comprehension and He is capable of making it better than we could have ever imagined.
The other section of our reading today was when Jesus took a whip to the money changers in the temple. I think there are a lot of areas in our churches today that Jesus would lose it over. While I love the comfort of knowing I have a place to go each Sunday, I’m not really sure some of the things we spend money on is really what God intended when He talked about the “Church”, do you?