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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 207/260: Mary

Read John 2:1-12

Just Do It!

What comes to mind as you read the words, “Just Do It”? Perhaps you think of the famous Nike “swoosh” logo, or the shoe company’s most famous endorser, Michael Jordan. “Just Do It” has been Nike’s slogan since the last 1980s.

Have the words, “just do it,” ever crossed your mind while reading the Bible? There are many commands contained within the pages of inspiration, and as God’s creation, we are expected to “just do it” when we read and understand what He has revealed.

In our text today, Jesus is at a wedding in Cana of Galilee, along with His mother and His disciples. Mary brought to Jesus’ attention a situation that would have caused the host great embarrassment: they had run out of wine. After bringing this fact to the Lord’s attention, she then turned to the servants and said, “Whatever He says to you, do it” (John 2:5). In Mary’s mind, Jesus had the ability to solve the problem—and He did. Perhaps she was concerned, however, that the servants would find His instructions strange. Thus, she instructed them, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

Are these not words that we should apply to our very lives as we read what has been revealed by the Spirit? Jesus later said, “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). If we don’t “just do it” when we read the words of Jesus, we set ourselves up for eternal failure. His words are available to all, so don’t think that you can claim ignorance when all is said and done. Read the Scriptures. Study the Scriptures. Obey the Scriptures. Don’t try to find loopholes—just do it!

When Jesus instructs us to seek ways to strengthen our faith, just do it! When He says to repent of our sins, just do it! When He demands public confession of our belief, just do it! When He says, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16), just do it! When He says, “Love your enemies” (Luke 6:27), just do it!

“Whatever He says to you, do it.”

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Day 212/260: Read John 2

The Jews of the first century demanded to know the source of Jesus’ authority. He had driven the sellers of livestock and the moneychangers out of the temple, saying, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” The Jews requested a sign to prove His authority for His actions.

He was the Word, He was with God, and He was God (John 1:1). Why did He need to prove Himself? Because He left heaven and came to earth. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Though He possessed the nature of God, He “made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7). In so doing, “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8).

And so, when the Jews demanded proof of His authority, He did not point to Himself and to His divinity, but to the future when the Father would show power through His resurrection. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

Jesus said after His resurrection, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18). How wonderful it would be if all men would recognize that and turn to Him to learn what God desires.

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

John 1:1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Pray

Pray for humility in submitting to the Word of God.