TURNING WATER INTO WINE
The first miracle that Jesus did was turning water into wine John 2:1-11. When the mother of Jesus requested that He turn water into wine, Jesus refused and stated that “My time has not yet come”. Did Jesus abandon the will of His Heavenly Father? In performing this miracle did Jesus commit the sin of disobedience to God and refuse to honor His Father’s command and put His mother’s request as being more important or equal to Gods will? Did Mary pull the “Do it because I told you so”; or did she spiritualize the request with an “Always honor your father and mother” if you love God.
There is a way for Jesus to please His mother and God at the same time. Say this request was received by Jesus at 6:30 P.M. (1 hour before sunset) then Jesus won’t know he can honor his mother’s wishes until 7:30 P.M. The Jews consider sundown of any day to be the start of the next day. After sunset God tells the body of Jesus that His time has come to start His ministry and share His Gospel (the good news) to mankind; then this request can now be granted Mary. All human bodies are controlled by our human created spirits but the body of Jesus is controlled by the Spirit of God that isn’t human or created (that is why and how Jesus is different from the rest of humanity (sinless).
We are told that “Only” God the Father knows when His Son will start His Ministry and “Only” God the Father knows when His Sons ministry will be completed. In the book of John we do not see a time line revealed and I find it easier to believe it was “Good timing” (or luck) on Mary’s part, for the joy of her request being fulfilled that soon after Jesus says “No” to her request shows that Jesus’ being faithful to God allowed Jesus to also grant the request of His mother.
If you think Jesus’ time still hasn’t come then Mary has just persuaded Jesus to obey her and do the miracle anyway; then Jesus has just performed His first miracle and committed His first SIN. Even the mother he loves cannot persuade or entice Jesus to sin (even if she is unaware that this is a temptation to Jesus).
Technically speaking, who is turning water into wine, Jesus or God? The truth is that God is the person doing the miracle of turning water into wine. It is important for Christian’s to acknowledge the 100% humanness of Jesus and at the same time to acknowledge the Deity of God that indwells this descendent (Jesus) of Joseph and Mary who is also a descendant of Adam and Eve’s family tree.
In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus is praying to God, and on the cross Jesus is praying to God; is Jesus praying to Himself? The answer is no to both questions. Human bodies (including the body of Jesus) have one thing in common with all other bodies; no one’s body has the capacity to think understand or perceive life, for our brains are responsible to give instruction to our bodies. Even the brain of Jesus is 100% human, just like his heart, stomach, bladder, prostrate and colon etc. which are all created building blocks from Adam and Eve’s family tree (and not Mary and God).
God wasn’t human until He decided to put His Spirit into a human and be “Like us”. The Spiritual thoughts of God are communicated through the cognitive skills that reside in the “Human” brain that Jesus received from the descendants of Adam and Eve; which is also why Jesus didn’t know when his ministry would begin or end, simply because his human actions weren’t prompted by human desires or the “Will of the flesh” but the Spirit of God direct the life of Jesus to be controlled by God “Only” and not human intuition or human (of Adam) fleshly desires.
What God thinks is conveyed to the physical “Flesh and blood” brain of Jesus, so that the humanness of Jesus is aware of what God wants to accomplish in the life of this human “Tabernacle” called Jesus. In the same way my human created spirit tells my brain to inform my body what it should think, do or say in any given situation.
Angels are spirit beings without a body, and about 2,000 years ago, God chose to join the human race and put His Spirit into the mind of a human. Jesus is Deity because of God’s Spirit indwelling a human body; and Jesus is human because Joseph and Mary gave him a body handed down from Adam and Eve’s family tree (any other viewpoint is pagan thoughts added to the Christian Bible by sinful humans).
If proselyte converts from the Jewish faith were the only people becoming Christians these last 2,000 years, then there would be no mention of a “Virgin” birth in the Christian New Testament; simply because the Jews “Know” that their Messiah has parents that are blood relatives (descendants) of King David and Bathsheba’s sexual union (no virgin birth needed in order to keep Jesus perfect).
The Jewish and Christian Messiah is the same person; but Jesus being the son of Joseph and Mary is just as miraculous a miracle as a virgin birth because God is doing the miracle and His miracles don’t have any degree of difficulty. Let the Jewish Messiah be born like the rest of us; that way He is 100% human.
God didn’t choose Joseph and Mary to be the parents of Jesus because they were more righteous than all other men and women on the earth. God let them be the parents of Jesus because they have the same kind of faith that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and King David and their wives had. Nor were Mary and Joseph more righteous or pure than any of them. King David was an adulterer and Mary was sexually pure; so all that says is that King David and Mary struggled with different sins (for all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God—no exceptions).
We all want to please others, especially loved ones and friends but we can’t be righteous if we compromise our faith, ignore the truth about our sins and assume and believe that God will overlook them and bless us anyway!!!