Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” (John 2:4)
The Hour Of Jesus
There are at least thirteen times in the Gospels a reference to the “hour” of Jesus is recorded. Matthew and Mark mention the hour of Jesus once; Luke twice and the final nine references contained in John’s gospel. At the marriage feast of Cana Mary implores her son to help in preparing more drink for the guest. Jesus replies that His hour had not yet come. This would be a common theme in the short life of the man from Nazareth who lived each day walking towards a certain hour.
John tells his readers on a few occasions that Jesus was not taken by the Jewish leaders because “His hour had not yet come” (John 7:30; 8:20). The meticulous plan of the Father was for the fullness of time to find its fullness in the plan of God’s wisdom. Jesus lived each day knowing where He was going and what would happen to Him. His understanding of His death was clear in His mind. He knew how He would suffer. The hour of His suffering was carefully orchestrated by the Finger of God to fulfill the plan of redeeming man. As a lamb being lead to the slaughter Jesus walked each day moving closer to that hour. When the disciples feared returning to Judea because of the Jews wanted to stone Him, the Lord reminded them His Father would not allow His death to happen until He decided it was time (John 11:7-10). Jesus knew His hour.
The garden of Gethsemane is the setting for the realization of the hour of Jesus. Following the Passover feast the eleven disciples walked with Jesus to a familiar place of prayer for the Lord. They were unaware the hour was fast approaching when Jesus would be betrayed, tried and killed on a cross. Taking Peter, James and John the Lord goes a little further to pray to His Father about this “hour” that has now arrived. Jesus knew it was time. He knew what Judas was doing. He knew what was about to happen because it was His hour. In His prayer He begged His Father to save Him from that hour knowing it was for that hour He had purposed to come. The hour had come for Him to die for all men.
Examining the life of Jesus tells us many things. The mind of Jesus was focused on one thing: His hour. His teaching was focused on the meaning of that hour. The miracles He performed foreshadowed the miracle that would happen at that hour. Every fiber of His life was directed towards the hour when He would open wide His arms and die for all men. It was that hour the earth trembled and the sky turned dark. The veil in the Temple was torn because of that hour. Jesus lived for that hour to die at that hour so that all men could live for eternity. Thank God for that hour.
No cross. No crown. (Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732)