There aren’t many celebration events in the Bible that we can relate to in 2020. We don’t read of birthday, wedding anniversary, independence day, Easter, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve celebrations. John offers an account of a celebration, a wedding feast, a worthy event. Marriage, an institution brought about by the Lord beginning with Adam and Eve and continuing today. However, this particular celebration claimed it’s notoriety when Jesus turns water into wine. He did this out of respect for his mother. Even though He didn’t want to do it, and He was no longer a child, He was obedient to His mother. Mary was confident that her son would obey. The parent child relationship modeled by Jesus and Mary demonstrates God’s intentions. “For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.” Matthew 15:4
Family is important to God. It is no accident that God is called our Father. We are His children. The church is the bride of Christ. When we interact with each other we would do well to ask ourselves if we would do the same to our heavenly family member. WWJD bracelets were quite common a few years ago. Asking this question when interacting with our parents, children, grandparents, etc. would make for happier families. Can you imagine being disrespectful to our heavenly Father? Would you treat your brother Jesus the same way? Our heavenly family members are faithful in their treatment of us. They are respectful, forgiving, loving, positive toward those who are in the family.
John the second chapter answers the question, “What would Jesus do?” When we engage with family members we can see what Jesus would do in His interactions with family. As we move into the new year let’s make a resolution to treat each other as Jesus would do. Happy New Year!