What follows is pure conjecture… but still worth pondering…
I am trying to re-imagine the wedding at Cana and the dialogue between Jesus and his mother. What’s interesting is that even though Jesus disagrees with his mother he nevertheless agrees to turn the water into wine.
I am trying to dissect the dynamics of this relationship. Mary knew since Jesus’ birth that Jesus was GOD in flesh. It’s hard for us to imagine the predicament of Jesus. We assume that the saints of GOD could do no harm because they were called for a higher purpose, therefor they sinned not. Yet every single virtuous character in the bible is deeply flawed in more ways than one. But somehow we tend to look away . So it might seem that Jesus somehow had the power to overcome all sin, simply because of his position as the son of GOD. The bible makes it very evident that Jesus was tempted in the most severe way. He was “offered” the world and everything in it. Pretty hard to say no, if you ask me.
I cant help but expand on the word “offer”. You would think that the offer would mean a personal offer from a personified evil being who appeared before Jesus. I don’t think that was how it went. Evil lurks within each one of us. It whispers to you to betray your conscience. To do sweet little things that float your ego, power, prestige…. It is ever present till your last breath. I believe Jesus had to live it every waking moment.
But maybe that still doesn’t draw a clear picture. Imagine a superman comic where superman did not use his superpower at all. The comic wouldn’t sell too well, nor would the fictitious character of superman. We like superman because he draws out the innermost yearning of each one of us. The flawed agent with incredible power and greatness. We yearn for acceptance and so would have Jesus. Yet he knew that he couldn’t draw on the conventions of the world. Jesus would go on to flout convention, but right now he is pausing for the surge ahead. The surge that would potentially kill him and worst of all, the one thing that scared him the most. Separation from his father.
Mary knows the “One” purpose that Jesus was born to live out. Jesus is either approaching thirty or in his early thirties. Mary is wondering, when Jesus would start his ministry. Much like all parents, she probably has started to doubt herself. Was she a good parent? Did she raise Jesus well? She is probably tormented by the approach of potential failure. Did she fail to launch Jesus? Maybe she had conversations with her son, egging him on to start his ministry, never completely realizing what she would unfurl on her son. It’s palpable that she wanted to jump start her sons mission. She had to, else she would have failed too…
Jesus listened to his mother, but not before putting up a little resistance. Was he reacting to her like a normal human child. May be he was indirectly saying “Stop telling me what to do!!!”
The wedding started a chain reaction. The rest is history. But you have to stop and ask what Mary was thinking at the foot of the cross as Jesus bled to death like a common criminal. In the midst of the heart break and agony, did jesus feel proud of having completed his life’s work, just like a child before his mother. Did Mary wish that she should never have asked him to turn the water into wine?
We will never know…Jesus was the personification of GOD, but in order to fulfil his purpose, he had to go through all of the emotions that men were used to. That means he would have probably laughed at a bawdy joke while in the company of sinners. If he were alive today, he would probably turn all of our ideas of virtue on its head.
Just thinking loudly… as I stated… pure conjecture… not based on reality
I am surprised that no one ever commented on my observation that Jesus would laughed at a bawdy joke made by a potential sinner in his company. Would that constitute to a sin?
I thought about it and realized that most of Jesus’ ministry was directed towards reaching out to the poor, sick and needy in spirit. I don’t think they would have been in the mood to crack a dirty joke. The Bible never hints at Jesus going out of his way to enjoy the company of sinners