"Jesus rebuked his mother in very harsh terms: 'Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come,' John 2:4. How do you explain that? Can’t do it, can you? In my time I have heard quite a number of ingenious explanations by some very ingenious preachers. The two things they all had in common were: 1. All sought to soften the apparent harshness of our Lord’s rebuke and 2. They were all false and so failed in their purpose. There can be only one possible explanation of Christ’s rebuke of his mother. Our Lord’s words here are prophetic, as are all his words, and they must be given their hidden meaning, or else they have no meaning. Christ rebuked Mary to show that he is setting aside the voice of the old Covenant ('He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second,' Heb. 10:9. Study all of Hebrews chapters 8 through 10). And Christ here tells us that when his 'hour' came all this would be abolished (animal sacrifices, purifications, washings, ordinances, etc.) and the law would give way to grace. Remember Paul said in Galatians that the law was 'added because of transgressions, till the seed (Christ) should come to whom the promise was made' [3:19]."
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