Have You Told Him

On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” — John 2:1-5

Readers down through time have been intrigued by this text. Mary's boldness, assertiveness, and belief. Alongside Jesus's reaction, response, and resolution.

But I think John wants to keep this simple. This is the third day in a series of revelations about Jesus.

  • DAY ONE: John the Baptist's prophetic declaration to the religious inquisition about the Spirit baptism of Jesus.
  • DAY TWO: John the Baptist's declaration when he witnesses Jesus leaving the desert.
  • DAY THREE: John the Baptist's disciples start following Jesus.

Today, he reveals his glory and miracle-working power. But then there is a theological complexity that naturally arises from this moment. Did Mary prompt this miracle, or was this entirely prompted by Jesus?

This is a great question that many have tried to resolve. It's an attempt to answer who the first mover is. Did Mary need to make the need known for Jesus to launch his ministry? Or was this already in the heart and mind of Jesus?

But the answer is in the story John has already been telling. Just look back over the past few days. His ministry had already launched. This was just another day in the revelation of it. And Mary chose to participate by informing and believing. She knew that he had been baptized, spent 40 days in the desert, and was calling his first disciples. Mary believed and participated in something that had already been set in motion.

And I love how Mary does this. Notice she is not asking a question but presenting a statement of reality — “They have no wine.” It is a concern for the shame of another. It assumes that her son's heart is as compassionate as hers for the present shame that will befall this young couple, their wedding, and their family. And yet, at the end of this interaction, there is an assumption that Jesus will respond with compassion to the need.

With confident faith, we can declare that Jesus sees our needs, understands our needs, cares about our needs, and responds to our needs. Our needs are always familiar to him. But he also wants to know that we know we have a need by presenting them to him. And we need to lay these things before him not so that he knows something he doesn't but so that we know we have spoken to the one who can do marvelous things so that when he responds, we will make the divine connection.

So instead of hanging onto these things today and trying to resolve them by your power, it's time to present them to Jesus, who already knows but wants to know you know.

ASK THIS: Is there something you are holding onto you need to tell Jesus?

DO THIS: Tell him right now or in the comments below.

PRAY THIS: God, I have wanted to tell you this, and I don't know why I have not said it to you. I need...

PLAY THIS: Wonderful Things.

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I don’t get the my hour has not yet come. But Jesus was clearly performing miracles before the wedding.
Can anyone expound on this.

Chris Caliguire

I’ve been taught this miracle is a fulfillment of Amos 9. Jesus said, my hour has not yet come, because he wasn’t sure he should start fulfilling prophecy so soon. Is that too allegorical?? Or accurate on my mentors teachings?

James Elfrank

Lord, Jesus. What do you want me to do with that house in Hematite?


Lord I need to be humble and compassionate to my wife, my brother in law and my mom. Please help me to take further steps forward in this journey to perfect humility today.

Ted Bichsel

Wow. An awesome simple truth that we forget. He already knows our needs and desires to respond. Game changer for prayer. Thanks

Ted Bichsel

Today as I read Psalm 18 that truth that He knows and not only desires to respond, but does it with power and purpose.


Loving Father,
My family and I need your help. Help turn the evil I have done into something beautiful. Please help reconcile and build a good and health marriage and family centered on you. Take the evil and make the family closer and stronger than ever. I ask this in Jesus’ name.

Mark A.

Your brothers in Christ will agree with you in prayer.


I know I can’t do this by myself God. Father, I need your help. If it is your will it is my prayer that you reunited me with Chelsea in a relationship built on a rock.


Hi Dave,. I am right with you and will be pray for you as well. I am sorry you are hurting. Stay strong you have brothers in Christ here with you.


Wisdom and patience

Randy D Fitzwater

It’s been awesome to follow along with The Chosen and your readings.

David Josker

God, I have wanted to tell you this, and I don’t know why I have not said it to you. I need you now and forever.

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