In John 2:1-11, we have an amazing story of the first recorded miracle of Jesus. Of all the miracles Jesus performed in his ministry the very first was turning water into wine for a wedding feast. During this wedding feast they ran out of wine and Mary acts quickly to remedy the situation. She goes to Jesus, knowing that he could fix this, and tells him of the problem. Jesus says “What am I supposed to do about that?” In Mary’s response we can learn a powerful lesson.
John 2:5, “… Do whatever he tells you.” 1
The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. It is the Son of God dying for our sins and through him we can have forgiveness and eternal life. In the process of hearing Jesus, confessing faith in Jesus, repenting of sins, and being baptized for the forgiveness of our sins we learn to obey Jesus Christ as Lord. Jesus Christ of Nazareth has all power and authority in this world and in heaven above (Matthew 28:18, cf. Daniel 7:13, 14; John 3:35; 13:3; 17:2; Acts 2:36; Romans 14:9; 1 Corinthians 15:27; Ephesians 1:10, 20-22; Philippians 2:9, 10; Colossians 2:10; Hebrews 1:2; 2:8; 1 Peter 3:22). He alone has the right and power to demand our obedience. Yet many today want Jesus and all that he promises without submitting to his authority.
Most today wouldn’t even consider saying no to Jesus. Yet our actions scream out in anger, “No! I will not do what you want,” “I don’t understand it or agree with it and I will not do it.”
We say “yes” when Jesus says to believe in him (John 8:24). We say “yes” when he says to confess our faith in him (Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 10:9-10). We say “yes” when he says that we have to change our lives for him (Luke 3:5; Acts 17:30). It’s easy to say yes to Jesus when he is asking for things we are willing to give but it becomes difficult when he asks for something we don’t understand or want to do. I challenge you to carefully read Matthew 7:24-27 and Luke 6:46-49 then ask yourself the question, “Am I building on the rock of Jesus’ teachings or am I listening to what someone else is telling me?
When Jesus says to submit to him in baptism (Mark 16:15-16; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-4; Gal. 3:27) for the forgiveness of our sins and we say “No” that is not building our lives or faith on Jesus! The difference between Christian and Non-Christian is a willingness to obey him. Which one are you? Now remember, your answer must come from more than words, it must come from our actions (James 1:21-25). Are you a Christian or not?
We must learn to submit to Jesus in all things, even baptism for the forgiveness of sins. Don’t allow anyone to convince you that Jesus doesn’t expect your obedience to him (Matt. 7:21-23; John 14:15; 15:10).
1 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001. Print.